Prosecutors extradite Mexican man to Southern Illinois on drug charges

A Mexican man is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to sell drugs, according to Steven D. Weinhoeft, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Armando Medina, 32, is a citizen of Mexico. He was extradited in early November by DEA agents and U.S. marshals to the Southern District of Illinois to face charges. He’s accused of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine to Southern Illinois. He is being held without bond and the trial is set for January.

Medina is among at least 19 people involved in the conspiracy that operated in 2014, Weinhoeft’s office said.

William Callahan, a special agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Agency in St. Louis, said the agency and prosecutors tracked the drugs to Mexico.

“We are seeing record heroin and fentanyl deaths throughout the St. Louis Metro region and methamphetamine continues to plague the Midwest. In this case, our investigation tracked the source of this poison to Mexico,” Callahan said.

If convicted, Medina could serve up to life in prison and pay a fine of up to $10 million.

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