News Release
Date: February 2, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Robert J. Hanson

Cobden Man Faces Federal Prison For Heroin Offense

St. Louis - DEA officials today announced that a Cobden, Illinois man was sentenced in federal court for heroin trafficking.

Roberto Alaniz, a/k/a “Berto,” 28, was sentenced to 37 months’ in prison, placed on 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300. The written stipulation of facts submitted at the time of his guilty plea established that between December, 2008, and May 17, 2010, Alaniz was involved with others in the distribution of heroin in Union and Jackson Counties. At his sentencing hearing, the district court found that Alaniz was responsible for the distribution of 72 grams of heroin. Four co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the heroin conspiracy.

he investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds and Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Wepsiec.