News Release
February 23, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Arizona Man Sentenced Months for Marijuana Conspiracy

FEB 23 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Steven Earl ERWIN, age 29, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced on Friday, February 20, 2009, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, to 151 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

ERWIN and 13 co-defendants were indicted on January 25, 2008 for conspiracy to distribute in excess of 1000 kilograms (2200 pounds) of marijuana. ERWIN had pled guilty to the marijuana conspiracy charge on November 3, 2008. According to evidence presented at ERWIN’S change-of-plea hearing in November, ERWIN and his co-defendants transported approximately 12,000 pounds of marijuana from Arizona to St. Louis, Missouri; East St. Louis, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; and cities in Ohio between 2001 and 2007.

The investigation which resulted in ERWIN’S conviction was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert L. Garrison and Christopher Moore.