News Release
January 27, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

East St. Louis Illinois Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Role in Cocaine and Marijuana Conspiracy

JAN 27 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 26, 2009, Kenneth THOMAS, age 50, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced to 300 months’ imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $200, and a $500 fine.

THOMAS was convicted on October 22, 2008, following a jury trial in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and one count of possession with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine. The convictions arose from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration into the drug related activities of THOMAS and others during the time frame of August 2005 through October 2007. The jury returned a special verdict as to the conspiracy charge that the amount of cocaine was at least 5 kilograms, however in sentencing THOMAS to 25 years of imprisonment, the District Court Judge found that THOMAS was involved in the distribution of in excess of 50 kilograms of cocaine as well as marijuana and cocaine base commonly referred to as “crack”. Seven of THOMAS’ co-defendants previously pled guilty and have been sentenced.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force with the Drug Enforcement Administration as the lead agency. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.