News Release
July 20, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314) 538-4670

Two Centralia Men Sentenced For Crack Cocaine Offenses

JUL 20 -- (Benton, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that JASON M. WALLACE, age 31, and ALPHONSO G. LANG , age 22, both of Centralia, Illinois, were sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. WALLACE was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment, a $600 fine, and 5 years of supervised release.

LANG was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment, a $600 fine, and 5 years of supervised release.

WALLACE and LANG had previously pled guilty to multiple counts in a federal superseding indictment. Both defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, crack cocaine and two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

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. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

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