CARBONDALE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG OFFENSES
A Carbondale man pled guilty on April 4, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, Ill. to a two-count Superseding Indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Deandre D. Brown, a/k/a “Dre,” and “D.D.,” 31, of Carbondale pled guilty in United States District Court at Benton. The heroin conspiracy took place between March 2009 and October 2, 2009, in Jackson County. The cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy took place between 2007 and October 2, 2009, in Jackson County. Brown’s case was scheduled for a jury trial on April 4, 2011. Brown entered his guilty pleas after the jury had been selected and sworn. At his guilty plea, Brown admitted that he, co-defendant Terrance Martin, and others had been involved together in the distribution of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine at Martin’s trailer, which is located at The Crossings trailer park in Carbondale. Brown admitted that the conspiracies involved more than 100 grams of heroin and more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. Brown is being held without bond pending his sentencing hearing, which is currently set for July 7, 2011. Martin has previously pled guilty to his role in the drug conspiracies and is scheduled for sentencing on May 12, 2011.
The heroin offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of 4 years’ supervised release. The cocaine and crack cocaine offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of 5 years’ supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Murphysboro Police Department pursuant to those agencies’ participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team 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. In addition, the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office and Carbondale Police Department assisted during the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.