News Release
Date: June 15, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Marion Man Indicted In Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

JUN 15 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that LATOYA M. McDANIEL, age 23, of Marion, Illinois, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, in a one-count indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The violation is alleged to have taken place between May 2007 and October 2009, in Jackson and Williamson Counties.

The offense carries a penalty of between 5 and 40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of 4 years’ supervised release. McDANIEL made her initial appearance in federal court on June 14, 2010, and was ordered held without bond pending a jury trial, which is currently scheduled for August 16, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois. The Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is 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.