Carbondale Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin


By WSIL Manager

WSIL -- A Carbondale man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing heroin.

Michael Burns, 45, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Prosecutors said Burns sold heroin to a law enforcement confidential source on "multiple occassions" in 2012 and 2013.

Burns is being held without bond pending a May 22 sentencing hearing. He faces up to 20 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $1 million fine.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team.

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