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January 24, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,
announced today that on January 11, 2011, DAVID JOEY COLLINSWORTH, age 31, and DARRYL
, age 35, both of Centralia, Illinois, were charged in an eight count Indictment returned
by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois.

Count 1 charges that from August 2004 to December 2010, in Marion County,
COLLINSWORTH and McMULLEN conspired to distribute heroin. The amount of heroin involved
in the conspiracy was one hundred (100) grams or more.

Counts 2, 3, 4, and 6 charge COLLINSWORTH with distribution of heroin on November
10, November 11, November 15, and November 16, 2010 (respectively).

Counts 3, 5, 7, and 8 charge McMULLEN with distribution of heroin on November 11,
November 16, November 22, and November 23, 2010 (respectively).

With respect to Count 1, the possible penalties are 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up
to $2,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years.

With respect to Counts 2-8, the possible penalties as to each Count are up to 20 years’
imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is
presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction
of a jury.

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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