Checking overnight police activity, it was a quiet night for law enforcement in the Riverbend. There was no one new in the custody of East Alton or Wood River police during our early morning checks. Alton police reports were unavailable due to processing.
In related news, United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton has announced that the final co-defendant has been sentenced in connection with a large cocaine distribution organization. 31-year old Jesus Garcia Chanocua, a citizen of Mexico who is in the United States illegally, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Possession of a Firearm by a User of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien on January 18th.
As a result, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison last Friday. The sentence will be served consecutively to a 30 month sentence he is currently serving in the Central District of California. In additon to the consecutive prison terms, he will also serve 5 years of supervised release and must forfeit firearms and ammunition seized from him by law enforcement in March 2010. An Order of Removal was also signed against Chanocua, directing that he be deported from the United States following his release from prison.