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Carrier Mills Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Methamphetamine For Distribution In Saline County

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

David E. Garris II, 36, of Carrier Mills, Illinois, pled guilty on Thursday, January 14, 2016, in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging him with one count of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on June 2, 2015, alleged that the offense occurred on March 21st in Saline County. The charges stemmed from a traffic stop conducted by the Illinois State Police Department during which Garris was found to be in possession of approximately 41 grams of methamphetamine and $4,180.23 in cash.

Sentencing was set for April 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Benton. At that time, Garris faces up to 20 years in federal prison, a $1 million fine, and 3 years to life on supervised release following his incarceration.

Garris has been held without bond in the custody of the United States Marshal since his appearance on the federal charges in June. He was returned to the custody of the Marshal to await sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Illinois State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

Updated January 15, 2016

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