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OCDETF cases net two large prison sentences for drug traffickers

(ST. LOUIS) –James Shroba, Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Division Office, today announced two successful Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) cases that resulted in significant prison sentences. “OCDETF cases are force multipliers for us,” Special Agent in Charge Shroba said. “With these cases, we are able to work with multiple different law enforcement entities, and follow the investigation wherever it leads. These large scale cases present an opportunity for the DEA and our law enforcement partners to investigate criminals who are working with their co-conspirators to destroy our neighborhoods. DEA is proud of the partnerships formed during these cases, and the ability to impact our communities in a positive way.”

According to Special Agent Shroba, Geovany Calderon-Osorio, 24, from Fairmont City, Illinois, received a sentenced of 144 months in prison following his conviction for methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking.  Calderon-Osorio was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois following OCDETF Operation “Break Out” that identified Calderon-Osorio as a member of the Fairmont City Latin Kings. Evidence presented in this investigation identified Caldron-Osorio involved in distributing methamphetamine and cocaine in Madison and St. Clair counties between October 2015 and March 2017. Calderon-Osorio was also found to have committed multiple firearm violations. Investigators from the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS CID), the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) were involved in this investigation. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

Special Agent in Charge Shroba also announced that Thomas Anderson, 31, of St. Louis, MO, was sentenced to 180 months in prison following his involvement in a million dollar marijuana trafficking organization. Anderson was involved in smuggling over 2,200 pounds of marijuana, usually hidden inside luggage transported via private aircraft or commercial vehicles, from California to cities like St. Louis and Boston, among others.  The conspiracy Anderson was involved in generated millions in proceeds. Investigators from the DEA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) all participated in this case, which was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri.


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