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Granite City man sentenced to three years for drug charge

A Granite City man was sentenced to three years in federal prison Friday for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois James L. Porter identified the man as 45-year-old Arthur C. Hawkes.

Hawkes received his sentence in U.S. District Court more than three months after he pleaded guilty to the federal charge. Porter said Hawkes has been continuously confined in federal custody since May 2015.

According to a press release, Hawkes admitted in a hearing that he had possessed two ounces of methamphetamine on April 19, 2015, in Granite City. Police discovered the meth in Hawkes’ pants while he was being booked for multiple traffic violations. Porter said Hawkes also admitted that he had intended to sell the drug, which had a street value of $1,000.

The investigation was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Porter said 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 United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.