Missouri Man Charged with Distributing Heroin in Saline County
Bryan L. Cayce, 45, of O’Fallon, Missouri, appeared for arraignment today in United States District Court in Benton on charges that he illegally distributed heroin, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment charging Cayce was returned by a Federal Grand Jury on November 6, 2012, and alleged that the distribution occurred on September 18, 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, Cayce faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine, and a term of 3 years to life on supervised release to follow his incarceration.
Cayce will next appear in United States District Court in Benton on Friday, January 4th at 11:30 a.m. for a hearing on a motion that he be held without bond. Cayce was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await that hearing.
The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.