A Granite City man was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In a press release, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Arthur C. Hawkes, 45, pleaded guilty to the federal charge on Jan. 29. He has been in federal custody since May 2015.
At his change of plea hearing, Hawkes admitted he had possessed 2 ounces of methamphetamine on April 19, 2015, in Granite City. Police discovered the methamphetamine in Hawkes’ pants while he was being booked for multiple traffic violations. Hawkes also admitted he intended to sell the methamphetamine which he possessed, which had a street value of $1,000, in the Granite City area.
Evidence in support of this prosecution was obtained in an investigation conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative is designed to bring federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations.
The investigation which resulted in Hawkes’ arrest and conviction was conducted by the Granite City Police Department and by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.