News Release
June 5, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Mount Vernon Illinois Man Sentenced to Prison for Distribution of Crack Cocaine

JUN 5 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Antonio T. FOULKS , age 23, of 2701 Jones St., Mount Vernon, Illinois, was sentenced to 77 months imprisonment in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. FOULKS previously pleaded guilty on March 5, 2009, to a four count indictment charging him with three counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine and one count of Possessing with Intent to Distribute 5 grams or more of Crack Cocaine, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). In three counts, FOULKS was charged with having sold .4 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant three separate times on March 17, 18, and 19 of 2008. Following the sale on the 19th, law enforcement obtained a search warrant and found FOULKS in possession of an additional 8.2 grams of 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.

The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Carr.