Federal Grand Jury Returns Superseding Indictment Against Gallatin
SEP 25 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis returned a Superseding Indictment on September 23, 2009, charging Raymond M. MARTIN , age 46, of Junction, Illinois, with three counts of Distribution of Marijuana, two counts of Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime, and one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. MARTIN , who is the elected Sheriff of Gallatin County, Illinois, previously charged by a Grand Jury sitting in Benton on June 2, 2009, with the marijuana distribution and firearms counts. The Superseding Indictment added the conspiracy charge and alleges that the offense was committed between November 2008 and May 18, 2009.
MARTIN has been held without bail in the custody of the United States Marshal since his arrest by federal agents on May 18, 2009.
If convicted, each of the marijuana counts carries a possible maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least two years following any term of incarceration. The first firearm count carries a minimum penalty of five (5) years imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to any sentence on the drug counts, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years supervised release. The second firearm count carries a minimum penalty of twenty-five (25) years imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to the sentences imposed on all other counts, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years supervised release. Both firearm counts have a maximum possible penalty of life. The conspiracy count carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release of at least 2 years.
The on-going investigation is being led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and Illinois State Police, in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Mt.Vernon, Illinois, Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.