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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2015

Carbondale Man Charged With Cocaine Offense

On April 23, 2015, Ryan L. Gibbs, a/k/a “Blood,” 34, of Carbondale, was charged by indictment with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

The offense occurred on September 16, 2014, in Jackson County. Gibbs made his initial appearance in federal court on May 4, 2015. He was ordered held without bond, pending a July 6, 2015, jury trial.

The cocaine offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $1,000,000.

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 Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Carbondale Police Department, and the Illinois Department of Corrections. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated May 5, 2015