News Release
January 22, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Harrisburg Man Pleads Guilty to Crack Cocaine Charge

JAN 22-- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on January 21, 2010, EDWARD L. FLETCHER, JR., age 50, of Harrisburg, Illinois, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The violation took place on March 30, 2009, in Williamson County.

FLETCHER’s offense carries a potential penalty of 10 years’ to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of 8 years’ supervised release. FLETCHER is currently being held without bond pending sentencing, which is currently scheduled for April 30, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Marion Police Department.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.