A Granite City woman who was charged with conspiracy for being a member of a large cocaine distribution organization has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison according to the US State’s Attorney’s office. The sentence was handed down in federal court in East St. Louis on November 18th, after 23-year old Jessica L. Hernandez pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

In addition to the prison term, Hernandez was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her release from prison. She was also ordered to forfeit more than $200,000 that was seized from her during the investigation

In other related proceedings, another one of the twenty-five individuals named in the indictment has pled guilty to his part in the organization. 44-year old Carmelo D. Mendoza of Collinsville entered the plea in federal court in East St. Louis on November 16th according to the U.S. States Attorney’s Office.

Mendoza pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine. He also agreed to forfeit $279,510 to the United States after agreeing to an allegation within the indictment. When he is sentenced on March 2, 2012, he faces a minimum of ten years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000 and at least 5 years of supervised release after serving his term in prison.

(WBGZ JC)