Harrisburg Man Charged with Possessing Crack Cocaine and Carrying a Loaded Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime
Remus Octavris Henning, 34, of Harrisburg, Illinois, appeared for arraignment today in United States District Court in Benton on charges that he possessed crack cocaine with intent to distribute it and that he carried a loaded .45 caliber firearm during and in relation to that crime, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on November 6th, alleged that the offenses occurred on July 20, 2012, in Saline County.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. 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.
If convicted, Henning faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1 million fine, and 3 years to life on supervised release following his incarceration on the crack cocaine charge and a consecutive 5 years to life, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release on the firearm charge.
Henning was ordered held without bond and was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await further proceedings.
The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Harrisburg Police Department, with the assistance of the Saline County Sheriff’s Department through its participation in the task force.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.