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February 24, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 24, 2011, CAROLYN REA, a/k/a “Carolyn Rose,” age 38, and ROB A. ROSE, age 39, both of Carbondale, Illinois, were sentenced in United States District Court in Benton after pleading guilty to one-count superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute heroin. REA was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release and was fined $200. ROSE was sentenced to 84 months’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and was fined $200.

The written stipulation of facts submitted at the time of their guilty pleas established that, between December 2008 and May 17, 2010, REA and ROSE were involved with others in the distribution of heroin in Union and Jackson Counties. REA and ROSE would travel with others to the St. Louis area, where they would obtain heroin. Upon return to southern Illinois, the heroin would be used by the members of the group and sold to others. REA and ROSE also obtained heroin for themselves and others at a residence at The Crossings in Carbondale. At sentencing, the district court found that REA and ROSE were responsible for the distribution of 399 grams of heroin and 150 grams or heroin, respectively. BOTH REA and ROSE received enhanced sentences based on their use of a juvenile to commit the drug offense. One co-defendant has previously been sentenced for her role in the heroin conspiracy. Two co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting an April 11, 2011, jury trial.

The on-going investigation is being conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Murphysboro Police Department, in cooperation with Union County States Attorney Tyler Edmonds and Jackson County States Attorney Michael Wepsiec. The investigation is being 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.

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




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