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

Murphysboro Man Indicted in Drug Conspiracy

NOV 09 - (BENTON, IL) - Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on November 2, 2010, MELVIN WILLIS, a/k/a “Snobs,” age 35, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, in a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The violation is alleged to have taken place from in or about 2008, through June 19, 2010, in Jackson and Williamson Counties.

The conspiracy offense 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. WILLIS made his initial appearance in federal court on November 9, 2010, and was ordered held without bond pending his jury trial, which is currently scheduled for January 10, 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Marion Police Department also assisted in the investigation. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods 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.