Joseph R. Carr, 25, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced to 168 months in prison on a four-count indictment charging him with Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime, Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substance, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced. Following his prison sentence, Carr will be on federal supervised release for 5 years. Carr was also ordered to pay a fine of $400, as well as a $400 special assessment.
On April 15, 2015, Carr was arrested for selling heroin to an undercover informant in Belleville, Illinois while carrying a firearm. Carr has one prior felony conviction. Carr pled guilty to the charges on September 15, 2015.
This case was investigated by the St. Clair County Drug Tactical Unit and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.