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September 20, 2011

A Carbondale resident was indicted on September 7, 2011, for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On September 20, 2011, Sammeyale O. Williams, 21, of Carbondale, appeared in federal court in Benton on a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Williams, was ordered held without bond pending trial, which is currently scheduled for November 21, 2011.

The conspiracy offense is alleged to have occurred between June 2011, and September 2, 2011, in Jackson County. The offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years in prison, a fine of not more than $5 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years. 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 ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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



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