News Release
January 29, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Missouri Man Sentenced for Distributing Crack Cocaine

JAN 29 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 26, 2009, Freddie E. PAYNE , a/k/a “Freak,” age 29, of Hayti, Missouri, formerly of Murphysboro, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis. PAYNE , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with unlawful distribution of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 105 months’ imprisonment, 6 years’ supervised release, and was fined $500. The violation took place on October 6, 2006, in Murphysboro, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Murphysboro Police Department pursuant to their participation in the Jackson County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.