Mexican man here illegally sentenced for gun, drug distribution in Southern Illinois

A Mexican man who officials say is in the country illegally was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for supervising a five-state drug and gun operation.

Cesar David Grangel, 49, pleaded guilty to drug distribution and firearm charges in the Southern District of Illinois. He will serve his sentence and then be removed from the country, according to a press release from Steven D. Weinhoeft, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Grangel will also serve five years of supervised release. He will not report, however, because he will not be in the country, according to the news release.

He is a citizen of Mexico and was an undocumented resident of California.

Grangel supervised a drug conspiracy from February 2015 to November 2016 with networks in Illinois, California, Idaho, Wisconsin and North Carolina, officials said. A person arrested in that time was moving firearms and ammunition to Grangel, who planned to smuggle them into Mexico.

The sentence will be served concurrently with a sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth from the District of Idaho that had been transferred to Southern Illinois.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535; @MaryCooleyBND
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