FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANUFACTURE OF MARIHUANA AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
A Fairview Heights man plead guilty today in Federal District Court in East St. Louis, Ill.-, to drug and weapon charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced. Kevin J. Carver, 49, of Fairview Heights, Ill.-, pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging him, in Count 1, with Manufacture of Marihuana, and, in Count 2, with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance.
The charges stemmed from September 23, 2009, when agents with the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (“MEGSI”) went to Carver’s residence after receiving a tip that he had an indoor “grow” operation in his home. A search of the residence revealed over 200 marihuana plants, in various stages of growth, in the basement. In addition, MEGSI agents recovered four (4) operable guns from the upstairs of the home. In a voluntary statement to MEGSI agents, Carver admitted operating a marihuana grow from his residence, that he had operated both indoor and outdoor grows in the past, and that he frequently smoked marihuana.
The offense of Manufacture of Marihuana carries with it a penalty of a term of imprisonment of not less than five (5) years up to forty (40), a $2 million dollar fine, or both, and a term of supervised release of not less than four (4). The offense of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance carries with it a penalty of a term of imprisonment of not more than (10) years, a $250,000 fine, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than three (3) years. Sentencing is scheduled for June 17, 2011, in East St. Louis.
The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.