News Release
February 12, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana

FEB 12 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 5, 2009, Stephen DODD , age 29, of Ballwin, Missouri, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The charge stemmed from DODD’s transportation of marijuana for co-conspirators. The offense charged carries with it a penalty of a term of imprisonment of up twenty (20) years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $1 million dollars, or both, and a term of supervised release of at least four (3) years. Sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2009, in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The Drug Enforcement Administration led the investigation. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.