News Release
Date: June 16, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Marijuana Conspiracy

JUN 16 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that RAUL R. TERAN , age 26, of Tucson, Arizona, pled guilty on June 15, 2010, to a charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. The amount of marijuana involved was in excess of 1000 kilograms.

At his change-of-plea hearing, TERAN admitted that in 2006-2007, he and at least 16 others shipped large quantities of marijuana from Tucson to East St. Louis, Illinois; Lima, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia, and elsewhere for sale.

TERAN faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment; a fine of up to $4 million; a term of 5 years of supervised release upon release from prison, and a $100 special assessment. He is currently scheduled to be sentenced on September 24, 2010, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

The investigation which resulted in TERAN’s conviction was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to target, prosecute, and dismantle major national and international drug organizations through the cooperative and coordination efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The Drug Enforcement Administration led the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.