News Release
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Centralia, Illinois Man Sentenced for Distribution of Crack Cocaine Charges

APR 23- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on April 19, 2010, Marzeal M. MARSHALL, age 33, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. MARSHALL was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment, a $500 fine, and 5 years of supervised release.

MARSHALL had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, which occurred between August 2008 to September 30, 2009, in Jefferson and Marion Counties, and to four counts of distribution of crack cocaine in Centralia, Illinois, which occurred on July 15, 2009 (twice) and July 30, 2009 (twice).

The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshal Service, and other law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.