News Release
February 21, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Arizona Man Sentenced for Heroin Offense

FEB 21 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on February 19, 2010, JUAN MANUEL CUEVAS -PEREZ, age 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in United States District Court at Benton, Illinois, after having pled guilty on August 14, 2009, to a one count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute heroin.

The violation took place on February 9, 2009, in Clark County, Illinois, when a trooper from the Illinois State Police, acting on information from the Department of Homeland Security, stopped a car driven by CUEVAS -PEREZ as he was traveling East on Interstate 70 in Effingham County. A K-9 officer and his dog were called to the stop and determined that a controlled substance was in the car. A search revealed that more than 1 kilogram of heroin had been concealed inside the door panels and roof of the vehicle.

In addition to his 10 year sentence of imprisonment, CUEVAS -PEREZ was also ordered to pay $200 in fines, $100 in special assessments and to serve a 5 year term of supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Casey, Illinois, Police Department K-9 unit, the Illinois State Police, and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr.