News Release
May 18, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Vernon, Illinois Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment on Crack Cocaine Charges

MAY 18 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on May 8, 2009, Vernon B. ROLLINS, a/k/a “Red,” age 22, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. ROLLINS was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment (10 years), fined $750, and placed on 3 years supervised release.

ROLLINS had previously pleaded guilty to three counts in a federal indictment. The indictment charged that twice on March 6, 2008, and once on March 7, 2008, ROLLINS distributed crack cocaine.

The investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the DEA, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.