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

Monday, November 4, 2013

Carbondale Man Charged In Heroin Conspiracy

On October 28, 2013, Michael A. Burns, 45, of Carbondale, was arraigned in federal court in Benton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Burns was charged by indictment, on October 23, 2013, with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin. At the October 28, 2013, court hearing, Burns was ordered held without bond pending a December 30, 2013, jury trial.

According to the indictment, the offense occurred between August 2012, and August 23, 2013, in Carbondale, Jackson County. The heroin offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and a fine of up to $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 investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. The Illinois State Police, Carbondale Police Department, and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated February 19, 2015