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

Carbondale Men Plead Guilty to Crack Cocaine Offenses

SEP 09 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, Il) - Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on September 2, 2010, co-defendants CLIFFORD DAVID LIDDELL, JR . a/k/a “Woop,” age 24, and HORATIO J. WATSON , a/k/a “Ray Wat,” age 26, both of Carbondale, Illinois, entered pleas of guilty in United States Magistrate Court in East St. Louis. LIDDELL and WATSON each pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Additionally, WATSON entered guilty pleas to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine. The violations occurred between January 2005, and August 2008, in Jackson and Williamson Counties.

The conspiracy offense against LIDDELL 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. The conspiracy offense against WATSON carries a penalty of 10 years’ to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of 5 years’ supervised release. On each of the distribution counts, WATSON is facing a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of 3 years’ supervised release.

LIDDELL and WATSON are currently scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2010, and December 20, 2010, respectively, in East St. Louis. Six co-defendants have already been sentenced for their involvement in this crack cocaine conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting a September 28, 2010, jury trial.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police, Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, and the Carbondale Police Department. In addition, the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office assisted throughout the investigation.