Illinois Man Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges
JUN 11 -- Benton, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 3, 2008, Bradley Vance GAMMON, age 45, of Belle Rive, Illinois, was named in a two count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois. GAMMON was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine (Count 1) and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm (Count 2). With respect to Count 1, GAMMON faces a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years. With respect to Count 2, GAMMON faces a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. 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 investigation in this case was a cooperative effort between the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood