News Release
Date: March 12, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Robert J. Hanson

Carbondale, Illinois Man Guilty of Drug Distribution

Kerry L. Smith, 40 of Carbondale, Illinois pled guilty in federal court in Benton, IL on March 8, 2012, to Conspiracy to distribute Marijuana and Engaging in an Unlawful Monetary Transaction, the Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Special Agent in Charge, James P. Shroba announced today.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that, between May, 2001 and February 27, 2007, Smith was involved with others in the distribution of marijuana in the Jackson County, Illinois area. Evidence further established that, on December 5, 2005, Smith used approximately $12,000 in drug proceeds to purchase a 1998 Corvette in Kentucky.

The marijuana conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of four years supervised release. The engaging in an unlawful monetary transaction offense carries a penalty of not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of 3 years supervised release. Smith had previously pled guilty to one count of concealment of material information from the Social Security Administration and two counts of making a false statement. Smith is currently being held without bond and is set for sentencing on all counts on June 7, 2012.

The investigation is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation and is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Division, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Murphysboro Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service.