News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Carbondale Man Sentenced for Role in Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

MAR 22 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on March 22, 2010, RAYMOND E. BLYTHE, a/k/a “Bud” and “Ray-Bud,” age 26, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. BLYTHE, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400.

The violation took place between August 2006 and August 2008, in Jackson and Williamson Counties. Three co-defendants have already been sentenced for their involvement in the crack cocaine conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Three co-defendants have pled not guilty and are currently awaiting jury trial, which is scheduled for August 10, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police, Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Carbondale Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution