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

Nigerian Citizen Pleads Guilty to Crack Cocaine Offense

JUN 23 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 22, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Benton, Illinois, Uche P. MORDI, age 24, of Carbondale, Illinois, pled guilty to an Indictment charging him with Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 grams or more of Crack Cocaine. The statutory penalty applicable to MORDI is not less than 10 years imprisonment up to life imprisonment, up to a $4 million fine, or both, and a term of supervised release of not less than 5 years. Sentencing is scheduled for October 19, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

According to the Indictment and other court documents, MORDI was found to be in possession of the crack cocaine when stopped by the Illinois State Police in Effingham County, Illinois, for a traffic violation on March 12, 2009, while en route from Chicago, Illinois, to Carbondale, Illinois. As part of his guilty plea, MORDI, a citizen of Nigeria, agreed to deportation/removal from the United States. He also agreed to voluntarily forfeit a 2002 Chrysler Concorde which he was driving at the time of the offense, a Dell laptop computer and $7,662.00, both of which were used to facilitate the offense, and a Samsung digital camcorder.

The investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police and the Drug Enforcement

Administration and was conducted in cooperation with Effingham County State’s Attorney Edward Deters and the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.