News Release
Date: May 24, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314) 538-4670

Carbondale Man Sentenced For Role In Cocaine Conspiracy

MAY 24 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that MATTHEW A. WAGNER, age 33, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton. WAGNER, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, was sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and was fined $600. The offense occurred between 2005 and June 2009, in Williamson and Saline Counties.

The investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Illinois State Police and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. In addition, the Williamson and Jackson County States Attorney’s Offices assisted throughout the investigation. The OCDETF initiative is designed to target, dismantle, and prosecute members of major national and international drug organizations.

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