News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Five Mt. Vernon, Illinois Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

JUN 25 -- Benton, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 3, 2008, five Mount Vernon, Illinois residents were Indicted on drug charges by Federal Grand Juries sitting in Benton and East St. Louis, Illinois.

Chris S. KING, age 26, was named in a three count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois. Count 1 charges that on or about June 26, 2006, at 1:38 p.m., in Jefferson County, KING distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 2 charges that on or about June 26, 2006, at 3:24 p.m., in Jefferson County, KING distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 3 charges that on or about November 30, 2006, in Jefferson County, KING possessed with intent to distribute less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. With respect to each of Counts 1-3, KING faces a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

Derrick L. ABRAM, a/k/a “Solid,” age 30, was named in a three count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois. Count 1 charges that on or about January 16, 2008, in Jefferson County, ABRAM distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 2 charges that on or about March 10, 2008, at 2:30 p.m., in Jefferson County, ABRAM distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 3 charges that on or about March 10, 2008, at 3:05 p.m., ABRAM distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. With respect to each of Counts 1-3, ABRAM faces a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

DEANDRE T. LOWE, age 25, was named in a four count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois. Count 1 charges that on or about March 3, 2008, in Jefferson County, LOWE distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 2 charges that on or about March 6, 2008, in Jefferson County, LOWE distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 3 charges that on or about March 11, 2008, LOWE distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 4 charges that on or about March 11, 2008, in Jefferson County, LOWE possessed with the intent to distribute more than fifty (50) grams of crack
cocaine. With respect to Counts 1-3, LOWE faces a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years. With respect to Count 4, LOWE faces a penalty of from 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years.

Vernon B. ROLLINS, a/k/a “Red,” age 22, was named in a three count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois. Count 1 charges that on or about March 6, 2008, at 2:53 p.m., in Jefferson County, ROLLINS distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 2 charges that on or about March 6, 2008, at 3:16 p.m., in Jefferson County, ROLLINS distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 3 charges that on or about March 7, 2008, in Jefferson County, ROLLINS distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. With respect to each of Counts 1-3, ROLLINS faces a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

Marvelous C. BURNETT, age 28, was named in a four count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois. Count 1 charges that on or about March 24, 2008, in Jefferson County, BURNETT distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 2 charges that on or about April 2, 2008, in Jefferson County, BURNETT distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 3 charges that on or about April 9, 2008, BURNETT distributed less than 5 grams of crack cocaine. Count 4 charges that on or about April 9, 2008, in Jefferson County, BURNETT possessed with the intent to distribute more than five (5) grams, but less than fifty (50) grams, of crack cocaine. With respect to Counts 1-3, BURNETT faces a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years. With respect to Count 4, BURNETT faces a penalty of between 5-40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The investigations in these cases were a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities. The cases are being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.