(BENTON, IL) — On Friday, 49 year old Eric Scott Russell,of Carbondale, was sentenced for crack cocaine and cocaine violations. Russell, who had previously pled guilty to a two-count superseding indictment, charging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison, 3 years’ supervised release, and fined $600.00. The offenses occurred between 2012 and April 2013, in Williamson and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Russell was involved with co-defendant Albert Wesley, a/k/a “Boogie,” and others in the distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine. On April 7, 2013, Russell sold crack cocaine to a confidential source working for law enforcement. At sentencing, the district court found that Russell was responsible for the distribution of over 155 grams of crack cocaine. Co-defendant Wesley was previously sentenced to 90 months in prison for his role in the conspiracy. The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office and Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

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