News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Centralia Man Sentenced for Distribution of Heroin

APR 2 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on April 1, 2010, HECTOR S. BARNES, age 32 of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. BARNES was sentenced to 170 months imprisonment, a $750 fine, and 4 years of supervised release. BARNES had previously pleaded guilty to a two-count federal indictment charging him with two counts of distribution of heroin.

The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshal Service, and other law enforcement agencies 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, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.