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

Former Fugitive Sentenced for Role in Cocaine and Marijuana Conspiracy

FEB 23 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 20, 2009, John E. HAWKINS, age 65, of Frostproof, Florida, was sentenced in the United States District Court, East St. Louis, Illinois, following his guilty plea on November 6, 2008, to an indictment which charged him with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and marijuana. The conspiracy took place in Madison and Jersey Counties, in the Southern District of Illinois, and elsewhere.

HAWKINS was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, from 1984 through September 1990, HAWKINS was a member of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marihuana in the Southern District of Illinois. HAWKINS, who was living in Florida during the time frame of the conspiracy, was one of several suppliers of cocaine and marihuana to members of the conspiracy. In April 1991, an arrest warrant was issued for HAWKINS, who remained a fugitive until his arrest in Florida by the United States Marshal’s Service on July 3, 2008.

Information for the indictment was obtained in an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Illinois State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kit Morrissey and Michael Quinley.