Carbondale man sentenced on drug charges

By Steve Gonzalez | May 12, 2005

Poncevenus Stokes, also known as “Boogie,” 33, of Carbondale, was sentenced May 9 in U.S. District Court in Benton, according to Ronald J. Tenpas, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Stokes, who previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years imprisonment, four years’ supervised release, and was fined $575.

The investigation determined that between at least July 2002, and July 26, 2004, Stokes and others were distributing marijuana in Jackson County. On July 20 and 26, 2004, Stokes sold marijuana to a confidential source working for law enforcement.

On July 26, 2004, when agents of the Jackson County Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force executed a search warrant at Stokes’ Carbondale residence, they found cash, including pre-recorded buy money, marijuana and a loaded firearm.

The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.

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