TROY MAN SENTENCED FOR MANUFACTURE OF MARIHUANA AND FIREARMS OFFENSE
A Troy, Ill.-, man was sentenced in federal court on June 17, 2011, for Manufacture of Marihuana (Count 1) and the Unlawful Possession of Firearms by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance (Count 2), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Kevin J. Carver, 50, formerly of Fairview Heights, Ill.-, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment on Count 1 and 30 months’ imprisonment on Count 2, to run concurrently, for a total of 60 months’ imprisonment. He was also sentenced to 4 years’ supervised release on Count 1 and 3 years’ supervised release on Count 2, also to run concurrently, for a total of 4 years’ supervised release; fined $50,000 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment. Carver also agreed to the forfeiture of the home in which he illegally grew the marihuana and to the forfeiture of the guns he illegally possessed. Carver was taken into custody pending his designation to a Bureau of Prisons facility.
“I will not stop at sending criminals to jail. I will use all of my resources, including the forfeiture laws, to seek justice for the people of Southern Illinois.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
The violation occurred on September 23, 2009, when MEGSI agents contacted Carver after receiving information from another individual that Carver was growing marihuana in his home. After Carver gave investigators permission to search his home, agents found over 200 marihuana plants in various stages of growth. They also found five firearms in the residence.
The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.