News Release
February 23, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Arizona Man Indicted on Heroin Charges

FEB 23 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on February 18, 2009, JUAN MANUEL CUEVAS -PEREZ, age 38, of Phoenix, Arizona, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois in a one count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute heroin. The violation is alleged to have taken place on February 9, 2009, in Clark County, Illinois, and the indictment alleges that more than 1 kilogram of heroin was involved.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The offense carries with it a minimum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000.00, or both, and at least 5 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

Information for the indictment was obtained in an investigation conducted by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr.