Carbondale Man Sentenced for Heroin Possession


By WSIL Manager

CARBONDALE -- A Carbondale man has been sentenced for heroin possession. 

U.S. States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said today that Michael Burns, 45, was sentenced for a heroin offense Wednesday.   

Burns had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute heroin, and was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison, three years of superivision following his release, and a fine of $400. 

Burns had also been involved with others in the distribution of heroin in Jackson County. Between November 2012 and August 2013, he sold heroin to confidential sources working for law enforcement on multiple occasions.

Police used a search warrant to search Burns' Carbondale residence, and found heroin, cannabis, drug packaging materials, and a large amount of United States currency.

At sentencing, the district court found that Burns was responsible for the distribution of 1.1 kilograms of heroin has been classified as a career offender.

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