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Carbondale man; Mt. Vernon woman sentenced on cocaine offenses

A Mt. Vernon, IL woman and a Carbondale man have been sentenced for cocaine offenses. Both cases were assigned to the United States Attorney’s office for the southern district of the state.

45 year old Tammy Whitton previously pled guilty to a one count superceding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. She has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 8 years parole and a fine of $300,000.

Authorities say the offense occurred between October of 2014 an dJuly of 2015 in both Williamson and Jackson Counties. During the investigation, it was determined Whitton sold crack cocaine to confidential sources working for law enforcement.

Three co-defendants have pled guilty to their roles while one has pled not guilty and is currently awaiting trial.

37 year old Ryan Gibbs, also known as “Blood”, of Carbondale pled guilty to a one count indictment charging possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He’s been sentenced to 18 years behind bars to be followed by 3 years of parole and a fine of $300.

Evidence established that, while serving a term of home confinement while on parole back in September of 2014, Gibbs was distributing crack cocaine out of his Carbondale home. During a parole compliance check, Gibbs was arrested after agents saw him pass drugs off to a relative. Agents recovered over 39 grams of crack cocaine and more than 27 grams of cocaine. Gibbs received an enhanced sentence based on authorities classification of Gibbs as a career offender.