News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 01, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Carbondale Resident Pleads Guilty to Multiple Federal Charges

OCT 01 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 29, 2008, Kerry L. SMITH , age 37, of Carbondale, Illinois, pled guilty to a five count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute marihuana, engaging in an unlawful monetary transaction, concealment of material information from the Social Security Administration, and two counts of making a false statement. The offenses occurred between May 2001 and March 2007, in Jackson County, Illinois. SMITH ’s guilty plea also included provisions for the forfeiture of multiple residences, vehicles, United States currency, and certain personal property.

The marihuana conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of 4 years supervised release. The engaging in an unlawful monetary transaction offense carries a penalty of not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of 3 years supervised release. The concealment of material information from the Social Security Administration and making a false statement offenses, each carry a penalty of not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of 3 years supervised release.

The investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Division, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Murphysboro Police Department, United States Marshals Service, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, and Carbondale Police Department also participated in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.