News Release
February 5, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Carterville Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

FEB 05 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 5, 2010, MATTHEW A. WAGNER, age 33, of Carterville, Illinois , pled guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The violation took place between 2005 and June 2009, in Williamson and Saline Counties.

The offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and
a term of 4 years’ supervised release. WAGNER is being held without bond pending a May 7, 2010, sentencing hearing. Co-defendant, JAMES S. HUBBARD, JR., a/k/a “Bo, has already pled guilty and is awaiting a February 18, 2010, sentencing hearing.

The investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)
operation and is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, Illinois State Police and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. In addition, the Williamson, Jackson and Saline County States Attorney’s Offices have assisted throughout the investigation.

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