News Release
Date: June 09, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314) 538-4670

Carbondale Man Pleads Guilty to Crack Cocaine Charge

JUN 09 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that LARRY D. LEE a/k/a “Papa,” age 28, of Carbondale, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court in Benton, Illinois, to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

The violation took place between November 2006 and February 2009, in Jackson and Union Counties. The offense carries a penalty of 20 years’ to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $8,000,000, and a term of 10 years’ supervised release. LEE is currently being held without bond, pending a sentencing, which is currently scheduled for September 20, 2010.

The investigation was led by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Murphysboro Police Department, in conjunction with the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Carbondale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In addition, the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

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