OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812
|For Immediate Release December 9, 2010||Public Information Officer FAUSA Randy G. M assey (618) 628-3700|
|CARBONDALE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CRACK COCAINE CONSPIRACY|
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 7, 2010, ESTON THOMAS, JR., age 19, of Carbondale, Illinois, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Benton, to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
The violation took place between May 2007 and April 9, 2010, in Jackson and Williamson Counties. The offense carries a potential penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of at least 5 years’ supervised release. THOMAS is currently being held without bond pending sentencing, which is currently scheduled for March 14, 2011. A co-defendant has previously pled guilty to his role in the crack cocaine conspiracy and is also awaiting sentencing.
The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration, with the assistance of the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. In addition, the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.