News Release
September 14, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314) 538-4670

Centralia Woman Sentenced on Crack Cocaine Charges

SEP 14 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on September 13, 2010, FRANKIE J. MAINES, age 21, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. MAINES was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment, a $400 fine, and 5 years of supervised release.

MAINES had previously entered a plea of 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 three counts of distribution of crack cocaine, which occurred on April 20, 2009, May 26, 2009, and September 4, 2009.

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 handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.