News Release
June 5, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Metropolis Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Offenses

JUN 5 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 4, 2009, Demario Tyrell DANIELS , age 19, of Metropolis, Illinois, plead guilty in United States District Court at Benton, Illinois, to a three count indictment charging him in one count with Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine and in two counts with Distribution of Crack Cocaine. The violation(s) took place on February 18, 2009, November 12, 2008 and October 24, 2007 in Metropolis. According to the factual basis at the plea, an undercover informant, working with law enforcement, made purchases of crack cocaine from DANIELS and then law enforcement searched DANIEL’S home and found a quantity of crack which had not yet been distributed.

DANIELS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and up to 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine and up to 4 years of supervised release at his sentencing which is scheduled for September 14, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Benton.

This case was investigated by the Illinois State Police, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr is handling the prosecution.