Two plead guilty to charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin

Two Southern Illinois residents have pleaded guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced on Nov. 22 that the guilty pleas had been entered by Carolyn Rea, also known as Carolyn Rose, and Rob A. Rose.

Carolyn Rea is 37. Rob Rose is 39. Both are residents of Cave-In-Rock.

Rea and Rose entered their guilty pleas in United States District Court in Benton.

Wigginton said the violation took place between December 2008 and May 17 of this year in Union and Jackson counties.

The conspiracy offense carries a potential penalty of five to 40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million and a term of four years of supervised release.

Rea and Rose are being held without bond pending their sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 24, 2011.

One co-defendant previously has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

One co-defendant has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a jury trial.

The investigation in the case was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Murphysboro Police Department, in cooperation with Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds.

The investigation was being conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.

The initiative is a cooperative effort involving local, state and federal law enforcement personnel, and state and federal prosecuting authorities.

The initiative is aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

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