Local man sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing crack cocaine - KMOV.com

Local man sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing crack cocaine

(KMOV)-- The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced Thursday that an Illinois man, convicted of distributing crack cocaine, was sentenced to 10 years
in federal prison on March 24th.

James M. Strowder, 21, of Centralia, previously pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East. St. Louis, Illinois.

The charges include conspiracy to distribute more than fifty grams of crack cocaine, and two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

At sentencing, the District Judge noted that Strowder’s pretrial bond had been revoked because Strowder had continued to distribute crack cocaine while on bond.

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.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.

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