News Release
April 15, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Mt. Carmel Illinois Man Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

APR 15 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 7, 2009, a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton returned an indictment charging Jeffery Lynn MALCOLM, age 40, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, with conspiring to distribute 50

grams or more of methamphetamine in and around Wabash County. The indictment alleges that the drug offense was committed between January 2005 and December 2006.

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 offense with which MALCOLM is charged carries a penalty of from between 5 years and 40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million, and a term of 4 years to life of supervised release to follow incarceration.

MALCOLM appeared in United States District Court in Benton Tuesday, April 14, 2009, to be arraigned on the charges. MALCOLM was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending a detention hearing which is set for April 16, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. at the Benton Federal Courthouse.

The on-going investigation into the case is currently being led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Mt. Carmel Police Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, the Wabash County State’s Attorney, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.