FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX) – Two men who were indicted along with twenty-four other individuals and charged with being members of a large cocaine distribution organization, have been sentenced to prison.
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton said all of the charged co-conspirators have been convicted in this case. Fifteen others have previously been sentenced to prison terms. The remainder are awaiting sentencing. Manuel Ramirez, 24, of Collinsville, Illinois, who had previously entered a plea of guilty on December 14, 2011, to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, was sentenced on March 22, 2012, to 81 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. Ramirez was also ordered to forfeit $74,550 to the United States.
Javier Villasenor-Cardona, 28, a citizen of Mexico, who is currently in the United States illegally and who had previously entered pleas of guilty on October 19, 2011, to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine; Illegal Re-entry Following Deportation; and Unlawful Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, was sentenced on March 22, 2012, to 130 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
Villasenor-Cardona was ordered to forfeit $231,000, to the United States. In addition, the Court entered a Judicial Order of Removal, which will require Villasenor-Cardona to be deported from the United States following his release from prison. Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.