Mexican national sentenced for Illinois drug trafficking

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A 28-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.

According to court documents, Jose Ivan Mejia-Chavez pleaded guilty in November 2014 to an 11-count indictment, charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, illegal re-entry into the U.S. following deportation, and interstate travel in support of racketeering.

Prosecutors did not specify exactly where the crimes occurred only saying they took place with the U.S. attorney’s jurisdiction.

Mejia-Chavez was sentenced March 20. In addition to prison, he must pay $35,738 as part of an order of forfeiture.