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FORMER GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF RAYMOND M. MARTIN
SENTENCED TO TWO CONSECUTIVE LIFE TERMS PLUS TEN YEARS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that on lanuary 19,2011, RAYMOND M. MARTIN, age 48, ofJunction, Illinois, was sentenced
in United States District Court in Benton to two life sentences plus ten years. The life sentences were
also imposed consecutively to each other. The sentence stems from MARTIN's conviction on
September 23,2010, following an eight day jury trial, of all 15 counts alleged against him. MARTIN
was the elected Sheriff of Gallatin County. He was removed from office by the Gallatin County Board
following his conviction.

Specifically, MARTIN was convicted of three counts of distribution of marijuana (Counts 1-3),
one count of conspiring between November 2008 and May 18,2009, to distribute marijuana (Count 6),
two counts of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime (Counts 4-5), three
counts of attempted witness tampering by physical force (Counts 7-9), one count of conspiracy to tamper
with witnesses through physical force (Count 10), three counts of attempted witness tampering through
threats, intimidation, and corrupt persuasion (Counts 11-13), one count of conspiracy to tamper with
witnesses through threats, intimidation, and corrupt persuasion (Count 14), and one count of attempting
to structure financial transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements (Count 15).

Evidence introduced at trial and the sentencing hearing showed that in November 2008,
MARTIN approached two individuals in Gallatin County and asked them to begin selling marijuana for
him which he had stolen from the Gallatin County Sheriff s Department evidence room. The evidence
further showed that he repeatedly delivered marijuana, both stolen and quantities which he purchased
from other sources, to these individuals from November 2008 through May 2009 and did so while on
duty, in uniform, armed, and driving his county issued squad car. One ofthese individuals testified that
MARTIN threatened him with his duty weapon on two occasions: once when MARTIN believed the
individual had revealed MARTIN's identity as the individual's supplier and once when the individual
told MARTIN he wanted out of their partnership. This prompted that individual to approach law
enforcement agents, reveal information regarding his involvement with MARTIN, and begin working
as a confidential source. Thereafter, this individual recorded numerous telephone calls and in-person
meetings with MARTIN, including three separate deliveries of marijuana. MARTIN was paid
thousands of dollars in marked bills for the marijuana he delivered. These deliveries were captured on
video and observed by both aerial and ground surveillance agents. MARTIN was in uniform, armed,
and driving his county issued squad car during these deliveries.

A federal arrest warrant was issued for MARTIN following the filing of a Criminal Complaint
by the United States Attorney's Office. He was taken into custody on May 18, 2009, at the Gallatin
County Courthouse by agents of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Illinois State Police, and the
United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Federal search warrants were also executed on that
date at MARTIN's residence, the Gallatin County Sheriffs Department, and the Gallatin County
Courthouse. At the courthouse, agents discovered that MARTIN had stolen over 30 pounds of
marijuana from the evidence room. At his residence a safe was found hidden in the basement which
contained $107,387 in cash (mostly hundred dollar bills) and included $2610 of the marked money he
was paid for the deliveries of marijuana to the confidential source.

MARTIN was ordered held without bond and was placed by the United States Marshal in the
Jackson County jail to await trial. In December 2009, Jackson County Sheriffs Department officials
received information from another confidential source that MARTIN had attempt to hire him to kill two
of the main witnesses against him in the drug case while this individual was incarcerated with him in
the jail. This individual provided agents with a hand drawn map MARTIN drew for him showing the
location of the witnesses' residences in Gallatin County. Subsequent investigation confirmed this
information, showed MARTIN's fingerprints on the map, and also revealed the existence of another
individual whom MARTIN attempt to hire to kill these witnesses. That investigation also revealed that
in December 2009, from his jail cell, MARTIN attempted to structure financial transactions at his bank
in Shawneetown to conceal his remaining assets and prevent their seizure by the United States
Government.

Under federal law, there is no parole meaning that MARTIN will not be released from custody.

In addition to the sentences of imprisonment, MARTIN was ordered to forfeit his Junction,
Illinois, residence (valued at over $200,000) and $76,090 in cash to the United States. He was also
ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $51,500.

Investigation into the drug aspect of the case was led by the Carmi office of the Illinois State
Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the United States Attorney's Office with the assistance of
the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Internal
Revenue Service, the Mt. Vernon, Illinois Police Department, and the White County State's Attorney's
Office.

Investigation into the witness tampering and financial structuring aspects ofthe case was led by
the Jackson County Sheriffs Department and the United States Attorney's Office with the assistance
of the Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the IRS/CID, DEA, the Jackson County
State's Attorney's Office, and the White County State's Attorney's Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James M. Cutchin and Michael
C. Carr with the assistance of AUSA Michael Thompson on the forfeiture proceedings.

 

 

 

 

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