News Release
February 18, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Colp Man Sentenced for Role in Cocaine Conspiracy

FEB 18 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on February 18, 2010, JAMES S. HUBBARD, JR., a/k/a “Bo, ” age 33, of Colp, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton. HUBBARD , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 264 months’ imprisonment, 10 years’ supervised release, and was fined $500.

The violation took place between 2005 and June 2009, in Williamson and Saline Counties. At sentencing, the district court found that HUBBARD was responsible for the distribution of over 10 kilograms of cocaine. HUBBARD received a sentence enhancement based on the presence of firearms during the cocaine conspiracy. HUBBARD ’s sentence was also enhanced based on his obstruction of justice, for threatening a confidential source with a knife.

The investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Illinois State Police and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. In addition, the Williamson and Jackson County States Attorney’s Offices have assisted throughout the investigation. The OCDETF initiative is a cooperative effort of federal, state, and local police agencies designed to target national and international drug organizations.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.