News Release
June 1, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Centralia Man Sentenced to 292 Months Imprisonment on Crack Cocaine Charges

JUN 1 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on May 29, 2009, Deandre T. LOWE, age 26, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. LOWE was sentenced to 292 months imprisonment, fined $1,000, and placed on 10 years supervised release. LOWE had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine and one count of Possession With the Intent to Distribute 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, 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, 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.