News Release
March 30, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mexican Resident Sentenced for Role in Cocaine Conspiracy

MAR 30 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on March 19, 2009, Jorge Urena MARTINEZ, age 28, of Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced to a term of 120 months in prison, ordered to pay a $300 fine and a $100 special assessment, and placed on supervised release for a period of 5 years after his release from prison. MARTINEZ will be subject to deportation following his release from prison.

MARTINEZ pled guilty on June 26, 2008, to one count of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distributing Cocaine. The offenses occurred between January 2006 and May 2006, in St. Clair County, Illinois. Two co-conspirators have previously pled and been sentenced.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.