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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   Public Information Officer
November 22, 2010   FAUSA Randy G. M assey
    (618) 628-3700
  CAVE IN ROCK RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY TO HEROIN CONSPIRACY  

 

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 19, 2010, CAROLYN REA, a/k/a “Carolyn Rose,” age 37, and ROB A. ROSE, age 39, both of Cave In Rock, Illinois, pled guilty in United States District Court in Benton to a one-count superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

The violation took place between December 2008 and May 17, 2010, in Union and Jackson Counties. The conspiracy offense carries a potential penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of 4 years’ supervised release. REA and ROSE are being held without bond pending their sentencing, which is currently scheduled for February 24, 2011. One co-defendant has previously pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is currently awaiting a jury trial.

The investigation was conducted bythe Union CountySheriff’s Office, Jackson CountySheriff’s Office, and Murphysboro Police Department, in cooperation with Union County States Attorney Tyler Edmonds. The investigation was being 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.

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