Federal Grand Jury Charges Gallatin County Sheriff with Distributing Marijuana and Carrying a Firearm in Relation to a Drug Traffciking Offense
JUN 3 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton returned an indictment charging Raymond M. MARTIN , age 46, of Junction, Illinois, with three counts of Distribution of Marijuana and two counts of Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime. MARTIN , who is the elected Sheriff of Gallatin County, Illinois, was previously charged with those offenses in a Criminal Complaint filed by the United States Attorney’s Office on May 17, 2009.
MARTIN was arrested without incident at his office on May 18, 2009, pursuant to the Criminal Complaint. He was subsequently denied bond and remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. If convicted, each of the marijuana counts carries a possible maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least two years following any term of incarceration. The first firearm count carries a minimum penalty of five (5) years imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to any sentence on the drug counts, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years supervised release. The second firearm count carries a minimum penalty of twenty-five (25) years imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to the sentences imposed on all other counts, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five years supervised release. Both firearm counts have a maximum possible penalty of life.
The on-going investigation is being led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and Illinois State Police, in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Mt.Vernon, Illinois, Police Department.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.