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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 11, 2016
James L. Porter
, United States Attorney
Contact: James L. Porter

Cahokia Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Interstate Travel in Support of Racketeering

On February 11, 2016, Ronald Artis, 26, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis after having previously pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and Interstate Travel In Support of Racketeering, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Artis was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and 4 years of supervised release. In addition, Artis was ordered to pay a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment.

Evidence in support of this prosecution was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Agencies participating in this case include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the United States Marshals Service, the Illinois State Police, and the East St. Louis Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald S. Boyce.

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