Carbondale Man Faces Years in Prison on Drug Charge
On August 16, 2012, a Carbondale resident was sentenced in U.S. District Court on a charge of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Sammeyale O. Williams, 22, was sentenced to 97 months’ in prison, 4 years’ supervised release, and fined $300. Evidence adduced at the plea and sentencing hearings established that, on September 2, 2011, law enforcement personnel executed a search warrant at Williams’s Carbondale residence. Agents located approximately 85 grams of crack cocaine, a loaded firearm, and United States currency, which included pre-recorded currency from a previous drug transaction. The district court found that Williams was responsible for the distribution of approximately 226 grams of crack cocaine. Williams’s sentence was enhanced based on his possession of a firearm.
The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted throughout the investigation.
The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.