Southern Illinois Cocaine Conspiracy Charged
OCT 15 -- (Benton, IL) - Randy G. Massey, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 3, 2007, GLADYS SHANEA WILSON, a/k/a “Nikki,” age 26, DONALD RAY FOULS, a/k/a “D-Ray,” age 39, both of Carbondale, Illinois, and RANDALL D. McBRIDE, age 43, of Ava, Illinois, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, in a ten-count third superseding indictment. McBRIDE, WILSON, and FOULKs are all charged with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of crack cocaine. WILSON is charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine. McBRIDE is charged with five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The violations took place between September 2002, and May 14, 2007, in Jackson and Jefferson Counties.
The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of between 10 years’ to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of 5 years’ supervised release. The distribution offenses carry a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of 3 years’ supervised release. The firearms offenses carry a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of 3 years supervised release.
The investigation conducted in this case was a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and pursuant to those agencies’ participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda A. Robertson and George A. Norwood for prosecution.