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January 14, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that CARLOS A. KAMBER, age 39, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District
Court in Benton to a total term of 245 months imprisonment for his role in a large marijuana
manufacturing operation located in Hardin County. Specifically, KAMBER had been charged in a five
count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with one count of conspiracy to manufacture more than 1000
marijuana plants (Count 1), manufacture of more than 1000 marijuana plants (Count 2), possessing a
firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense (Count 3), being a felon in possession of a firearm
(Count 4), and being an unlawful alien in possession of a firearm (Count 5). KAMBER pled guilty to
those offenses on October 15, 2010.

Evidence offered in support of the guilty pleas and sentencing showed that KAMBER, who was
a resident of Chicago and affiliated with the Latin King’s street gang, traveled to Hardin County in the
fall of 2008 to assist his associates in that gang in the harvest of over 1100 marijuana plants which were
being grown in a greenhouse located on rural property there. KAMBER assisted in the processing of
that marijuana and its transport back to Chicago where it was sold for over $1.5 million dollars.
KAMBER returned to Hardin County in the Spring of 2009 where he and his associates again planted
over 1000 marijuana plants. KAMBER and another individual remained on the property to tend the
plants. KAMBER, who had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, acted as a guard for
the operation and obtained two firearms to do so. On June 26, 2009, acting on information obtained
from a confidential source, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers executed a federal search
warrant at the Hardin County property. KAMBER was taken into custody and agents discovered an
elaborate indoor grow operation containing over 1000 marijuana plants. KAMBER was also found to
be in possession of two firearms.

In addition to the 245 month term of imprisonment that was imposed, KAMBER was ordered
to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $750 and was placed on a term of 5 years
of supervised release to following his incarceration.

The investigation into the case is was led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task
Force, with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, the United States Drug Enforcement
Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and
the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.




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