News Release
January 27, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Centralia Man Charged With Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Heroin

JAN 27- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 6, 2009, CALVIN R. BROWN, age 25, of Centralia, Illinois, was charged in a three-count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois. The indictment was originally suppressed, but has since been unsealed.

The indictment charges BROWN with Possession With the Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine
(Count 1); Distribution of Heroin (Count 2); and Distribution of Crack Cocaine (Count 3).

Count 1 carries a possible penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000,
and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years.

Counts 2 and 3 each carry 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.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is
presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

BROWN was arrested on January 25, 2010, and had an initial appearance in United States
District Court in Benton, Illinois. BROWN has a detention hearing scheduled for Friday, January 29, 2010, in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Centralia Police Department, the Clinton County
Sheriff’s Department, the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, 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. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint and cooperative effort of the United States Attorney’s Office, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies directed at removing guns and drugs from our communities.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood for prosecution