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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Southern Illinois Resident Charged With Drug Conspiracy

On October 27, 2014, Antuan D. Perkins, a/k/a “Little Man,” 22, of Carbondale, made his initial appearance in federal court in Benton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. At an October 28, 2014, detention hearing, Perkins was ordered held without bond.

Perkins, who is charged by indictment with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, fled the area after the May 2014, indictment. On October 8, 2014, he was arrested in Chicago by members of the United States Marshals Service and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The offense occurred between 2012 and May 2014, in Williamson County. The crack cocaine and heroin 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. Co-defendant Ahamad R. Atkins, a/k/a “Omar” and “O” has previously pled guilty to his role in the drug conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

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 and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office, United States Marshals Service, and Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated February 19, 2015