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Carbondale Man Sentenced On Crack Cocaine Offense

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

On June 15, 2016, Roderick L. McClain, a/k/a "Big Bama," 31, of Carbondale, IL, was sentenced for a crack cocaine offense, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

McClain, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years’ supervised release, and fined $300.00. The offense occurred between October 2014 and July 2015, in Williamson and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that McClain was involved with co-defendant Keenon Farr and others in the distribution of crack cocaine in the Marion and Carbondale areas. During the investigation, McClain sold crack cocaine to a confidential source working for law enforcement. At sentencing, the judge found that McClain was responsible for the distribution of 210.04 grams of crack cocaine and 9.91 grams of cocaine. McClain was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a felony weapons offense during his involvement in the crack cocaine conspiracy. Three co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the crack cocaine conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting trial.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Carbondale Police Department. The Williamson and Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation.

Updated June 20, 2016

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