News Release
January 19, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Centralia, Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Crack Cocaine

JAN 19-- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on January 11, 2010, Earl L. DYESS , age 33, of Centralia, Illinois, pleaded guilty to a two count Indictment in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. The offenses occurred in June 2009.

DYESS faces a possible 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 as to each count. Sentencing is currently scheduled for April 16, 2010, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, , the Illinois State Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Secret Service, the United States Marshal Service, and other law enforcement agencies pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.