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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Indiana

www.justice.gov/usao/ins

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Bippus
(317) 229-2403
mary.bippus@usdoj.gov

Last Defendant Sentenced in Evansville/Chicago Drug and Firearms Trafficking Indictment

Charles Avery Sentenced to 21 Years 8 mos

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced the sentencing today of the last defendant in a federal crack cocaine and firearms trafficking conspiracy in United States District Court in Evansville. Charles Avery, the last of 20 persons charged in several related indictments to be sentenced, received a sentence of 21 years and 8 months in prison yesterday from Chief Judge Richard Young. This brings to a close the investigation and prosecution of group responsible for the trafficking of cocaine base and firearms between Chicago and Evansville. In addition to drug and gun trafficking, the activities of the conspiracy included various incidents of armed violence in Evansville in furtherance of the conspiracy’s
objectives. Several of the defendants, including co nspiracy leader Jesse Young, were members of the Black P Stones Chicago based criminal street gang.

Sentences handed down by the United States District Court Chief Judge Richard L. Young included:

    • Jesse Young, of Chicago, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment
    • Michael Redmond, of Chicago, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment
    • Charles Avery, of Chicago, sentenced to21 years imprisonment
    • Jerron Reed, of Chicago, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
    • Vito Allen, of Chicago, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
    • Mark Lewis, of Chicago, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
    • Lee Blanton, of Chicago, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
    • Anthony Chew, of Chicago, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
    • William Somers, of Evansville, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
    • Lawrence Brandon, of Chicago, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
    • Kevin Thomas, of Chicago, sentenced to 10 years imprisonment
    • William Suber, of Chicago, sentenced to 7 years imprisonment
    • Quentin Nowells, of Evansville, sentenced to 5 ½ years imprisonment
    • Aaron McNeil, of Chicago, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment
    • Vonette Cabell, of Evansville, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment
    • December Wilson, of Evansville, sentenced to 5 years imprisonment

Four additional defendants were sentenced to probation for their roles as straw purchasers of firearms trafficked between Evansville and Chicago by the conspiracy.

The federal indictment arose from a cooperative investigation by the Evansville Vanderburgh County Joint Drug Task Force, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In 2007, law enforcement began noticing an influx of Chicago based crack cocaine distributors to the Evansville area. Subsequent investigation uncovered a network of persons, headed locally by
defendant Young, engaged in the trafficking and distribution of crack cocaine from Chicago to Evansville. The investigation of Young and his associates uncovered a crack cocaine distribution network operating between Southwestern Indiana and Chicago, responsible for distributing large quantities of crack in the city of Evansville. The investigation also uncovered the group’s ancillary gun trafficking operation, in which firearms were illegally purchased in Evansville for subsequent sale or trade in Chicago. Some of the firearms illegally trafficked by the group were later recovered in connection with criminal investigations in Chicago. Young and others used and relied upon their ties to the Black P Stones gang, which has a well known reputation for armed violence and drug distribution, to further their drug and firearms trafficking activities in Evansville and Chicago.

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