News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 04, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Superseding Indictment Returned Against Gallatin County Sheriff

MAR 04 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 3, 2010, a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois returned a 15 count Superseding Indictment against RAYMOND M. MARTIN , age 46, of Junction, Illinois. Specifically, the Superseding Indictment charges MARTIN with three counts of Distribution of Marijuana (Counts 1-3), two counts of Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime (Counts 4-5), one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (Count 6), three counts of Witness Tampering By Attempting to Use Physical Force (Counts 7-9), one count of Conspiracy to Tamper with Witnesses by Using Physical Force (Count 10), three counts of Witness Tampering by Attempting to Intimidate, Threaten, and Corruptly Persuade a Witness (Counts 11-13), one count of Conspiracy to Tamper with Witnesses by Attempting to Intimidate, Threaten, and Corruptly Persuade, and one count of Attempting to Structure Financial Transactions to Evade Currency Reporting Requirements (Count 15).

The drug offenses are alleged by the Grand Jury to have been committed between November 2008 and May 2009 in Gallatin County. The witness tampering offenses are alleged to have been committed between September 2009 and December 2009 in Gallatin and Jackson Counties. The structuring offense is alleged to have been committed on or about December 30, 2009, in Jackson and Gallatin Counties.

In addition to those charges, the Grand Jury also found probable cause to require the forfeiture of MARTIN’s residence in Junction, Illinois, as facilitating property of the conspiracy offense alleged in Count 6, the forfeiture of up to $104,000 which was found in MARTIN’s in residence as proceeds of that offense, the forfeiture of the firearm use to commit the offenses alleged in Counts 4-5, and the forfeiture of $32,400 in cash which was the object of the structuring offense alleged in Count 15.

 MARTIN , who is the elected Sheriff of Gallatin County, Illinois, has been held without bond in the custody of the United States Marshal since his arrest by state and federal agents on May 18, 2009, at his office in the Gallatin County Courthouse. Trial in the case is currently set for April 12, 2010, at the United States Courthouse in Benton.

If convicted, each of the marijuana distribution counts (counts 1-3) carries a maximum sentence of five 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 (count 4), carries a minimum penalty of five years imprisonment and a maximum term of life , 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 (count 5) carries a minimum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and a maximum term of life, 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. Each of witness tampering offenses (Counts 7-14) carries of maximum term of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and term of supervised release of up to 5 years. The structuring offense (Count 15) carries a maximum term of 5 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 2 years.

The investigation, which resulted in this superseding indictment, was conducted by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Illinois State Police, and the Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.