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January 14, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,
announced today that on January 14, 2011, JOHN A. BARNES, age 34, of Centralia, Illinois, was
sentenced in United States District Court in East St, Louis, Illinois. BARNES was sentenced to 200
months imprisonment, 6 years of supervised release, and was fined $400.

BARNES had previously pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal Indictment. Count 1
charged that on May 12, 2009, BARNES distributed crack cocaine. Count charged that on May 14,
2009, BARNES distributed crack cocaine.

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 is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.






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