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June 7, 2011

A Carbondale, Ill. man pled guilty on June 2, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, Ill. to a one-count Indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Terrence Pirtle, a/k/a “T.T., ” 34, of Carbondale, pled guilty in United States District Court at Benton. At his guilty plea hearing, Pirtle admitted that he was involved with others in the distribution of between 100-400 grams of heroin in Jackson County.

The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of at least 3 years’ supervised release. Pirtle is currently being held without bond pending a September 15, 2011, sentencing hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to those agencies’ participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The investigation was 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. In addition, the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation.

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



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