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Carbondale Man Sentenced For Cocaine Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

On March 22, 2016, Ryan L. Gibbs, a/k/a "Blood," 37, of Carbondale, was sentenced for a cocaine offense, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

Gibbs, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging possession with intent to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 216 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release following the prison sentence, and fined $300.00. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that, in September 2014, Gibbs was serving a term of home confinement while on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a 2011 felony drug conviction. In addition to home confinement, Gibbs was also subject to electronic monitoring. Agents received information that Gibbs was distributing crack cocaine out of his Carbondale residence. During a September 16, 2014, IDOC parole compliance check, Gibbs was arrested after agents saw him pass a package of drugs off to a relative. Agents recovered over 39 grams of crack cocaine and over 27 grams of cocaine. Gibbs was also in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency. At the time of sentencing, Gibbs had been convicted of seven drug offenses, along with multiple firearm offenses. Gibbs received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a Career Offender.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Carbondale Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Illinois Department of Corrections. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated March 28, 2016

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