A St. Charles, Mo., resident was sentenced Friday, Feb. 6, to federal prison for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said in a press release Monday.
Charles Sweeny, 56, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison, a $7,500 fine, a $100 special assessment and three years of supervised release.
Sweeny was indicted on Jan. 23, 2014, and pleaded guilty on Aug. 28. The evidence established that Sweeny worked as a construction worker for David Ray, 55, of Fieldon. Ray owned construction businesses in the area and an investigation revealed that Sweeny was supplying Ray with cocaine. Agents arranged for two controlled purchases of cocaine to be made. The first resulted in the seizure of 126.5 grams of cocaine on March 9, 2012, when Sweeny personally delivered cocaine to an address in Jersey County. The second controlled delivery was interrupted and Sweeny was caught while he was in the process of delivering cocaine to a Jersey County address. This second incident resulted in a seizure of 301.2 grams of cocaine on April 17, 2012. During the investigation, agents also seized an additional 229.9 grams of cocaine that Sweeny had supplied to Ray. Sweeny was arrested after the second controlled delivery on April 17, 2012.
Ray was separately prosecuted for unlawfully possessing firearms while being a user of cocaine. In addition, his businesses were investigated and he was convicted for tax evasion for using his businesses to pay personal expenses, by vesting ownership of personal assets in the name of his businesses, and by filing false tax returns with the IRS or refusing to file an individual tax return all together. In tax years 2005 to 2010, Ray concealed income from the IRS for the purpose of limiting his tax liability, resulting in him avoiding $1,272,904 in federal income taxes he otherwise would have been required to pay. Ray was sentenced Dec. 22 to 37 months in prison, a $7,500 fine, $1,272,904 in restitution, a $200 special assessment and three years of supervised release. Ray also forfeited a gun collection valued at $75,000 to $100,000.
The investigation was conducted by agents from the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations, the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.