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Carbondale man sentenced on cocaine charges

A state's attorney says a  Carbondale, Illinois man is headed to prison on cocaine-related charges.

Johnathan T. “Buffalo” Buck, 40, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced on Dec. 16 on a federal crack cocaine charge, according the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton.

Buck had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment, charging conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. He was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years' supervised release, and fined $200.

The offense happened between 2013 and March 2014, in Jackson County.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Buck was involved with co-defendant Maurice “Reese” Christian and others in the distribution of crack cocaine in Carbondale.

The state's attorney says Buck and his associates were transporting crack cocaine from northern Illinois to Carbondale for distribution.

Buck sold crack cocaine a number of times to a confidential source working for law enforcement. At sentencing, the district court found that Buck was responsible for 638 grams of crack cocaine.

The state's attorney says Buck's sentence was enhanced because he possessed a gun as well.

Christian pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Carbondale Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jackson County State's Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation.

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