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5 people indicted for crack cocaine charges

Five Illinois residents were indicted for drug charges on Sept. 8. The accused, who range in age from 30 to 45, were each charged for conspiring to distribute at least 28 grams of crack cocaine in Jackson and Williamson Counties. According to reports, the activities leading up to the indictment took place between October 2014 and July 2015.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Carbondale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are reportedly investigating the alleged drug activities. If the five people are convicted of their drug charges involving crack cocaine, they could each face between five and 40 years in federal prison. The sentences would also include three years of supervised release and $5 million fines.

Two of the accused people appeared in a Benton federal court on Sept. 17. They were held in custody without the option of posting bond and scheduled for a detention hearing on Sept. 22. The other three people have been held in custody without bond while they await a jury trial that is scheduled to take place on Nov. 14.

A person who is facing charges for crack cocaine may require a strong defense strategy in order to avoid a prison sentence. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help an individual who is facing these types of charges to file motions to suppress the evidence that were seized. If the prosecution's case is still intact, an attorney may negotiate for reduced charges through a plea deal.

Source: KFVS, "Five southern IL residents facing crack cocaine charges," Nichole Cartmell, Sept. 18, 2015

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