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Southern District of Illinois
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March 27, 2015

California Man Sentenced for His Part in Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Firearm Charges

A California man, previously convicted by a jury in the Southern District of Illinois of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, was sentenced to 420 months in federal prison on March 27, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Willie Gonzalez, 31, of Los Angeles, California, received a 360 month sentence on the drug convictions, and a 60 month sentence on the firearm offense, to run consecutively, for a total of a 420 month sentence (35 years). Following release from imprisonment, Gonzalez will serve a 5 year term of supervised release. Gonzalez was also ordered to pay a $750 fine, a $300 special assessment, and forfeited his interest in two firearms.

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 Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, and United States Marshal Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald S. Boyce.

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