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

Texas Man Indicted on Cocaine Offense

AUG 20-- (ST. LOUIS, MO) - Harry S. Sommers, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s St. Louis Field Division, and A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on August 18, 2010, HILARIO MEDINA, age 45, of Houston, Texas, was charged in a one-count federal indictment, charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The indictment replaces a Criminal Complaint that was filed on August 12. The charged offense carries a minimum term of ten years imprisonment upon conviction and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $5 million, and a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life to follow incarceration.

According to facts alleged in the Criminal Complaint, MEDINA was driving a semi tractor- trailer that was stopped on Highway 70 in Madison County for improper lane usage. The traffic stop was initiated by the Granite City Police Department and led to the discovery of the 65 kilograms of cocaine in the cab portion of the semi tractor-trailer.

The investigation is being conducted by the Granite City, Illinois, Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.