Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 11, 2022
East St. Louis Man Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Distribution of Methamphetamine and Money Laundering
BENTON, Ill. – Martin Cooper, 31, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced to 210 months in
prison on Thursday, April 7, 2022, for his role in a Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and
Money Laundering. The offenses occurred in St. Clair County and throughout the Southern District of
Illinois. Cooper pleaded guilty to both charges in October 2021. The United States Postal
Inspection Service initiated an investigation in January 2019, after noticing numerous
suspicious packages being sent to and from addresses in East St. Louis, Illinois, and Phoenix,
Arizona. During the investigation, agents learned that Jose Angulo shipped packages containing
methamphetamine to the East St. Louis area to Martin Cooper.
According to court documents, Cooper admitted to receiving narcotics from Jose and
Steven Angulo in 2019 and acknowledged a package containing over two kilograms of methamphetamine
destined for an address in East St. Louis was for him. Cooper also admitted to transferring money
to the Angulos via Walmart, and by mailing currency and money orders to them.
Jose Angulo was sentenced on March 24, 2022, to 30 years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute
Methamphetamine, Money Laundering and Distribution of Methamphetamine.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the
Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Reppert.