Alorton fire chief charged in drug case faces hearing

News-DemocratOctober 24, 2013 

— The village's volunteer fire chief, who was charged last week with possessing a felony amount of marijuana in his truck, will be detained at the St. Clair County Jail until he has a hearing on Oct. 31 to determine whether his supervised release status will be revoked.

According to federal documents, Carlos M. Darough, 36, was charged in 2006 with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

The plea agreement that Darough signed Oct. 16, 2006, requires that he cooperate fully with federal officials in reporting illegal activity about which he knows.

The court documents also show that Darough was charged and pleaded guilty to: Possession of marijuana on July 29, 1996; unlawful possession of a weapon on June 30, 1997; domestic violence on May 22, 1998, and Oct. 8, 1999, criminal damage to property on June 13, 2000, possession of marijuana on May 30, 2002, and possession of a controlled substance on Jan. 19, 2005. Darough was sentenced on April 27, 2007 by U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan to 96 months in the Bureau of Prisons. That sentence was reduced Jan. 2, 2008 to 60 months. Darough was given a 38 percent reduction which allowed for a sentence of 48 months.

Prosecutors filed a motion on Monday, to revoke the bond he received when he left federal prison. And now Darough will be back in front of Reagan on Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. to find out whether his latest legal troubles will put him back in federal prison as prosecutors have requested. Darough will be represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Todd Schultz.

Darough was headed home in his village- issued vehicle when patrol deputies with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department saw him run a stop sign Friday night.

Darough, who been a member of the Alorton Fire Department since he was 14, was charged Saturday by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with official misconduct and possession with intent to deliver a felony amount of marijuana.

Other Alorton officials have recently been charged with crimes:

* Mayor Joann Reed is accused of sneaking a cellphone into the Alorton village jail on Feb. 3 and giving it to her niece. Reed was charged with two counts of official misconduct and two counts of bringing contraband into a penal institution. She was village clerk at the time she was charged.

* Former Alorton Mayor Randy McCallum was sentenced last year to serve 43 months in prison on federal corruption charges. He pleaded guilty to stealing $1,000 from the village and trying to deal crack cocaine.

* Former Alorton Police Chief Michael Baxton pleaded guilty last year to taking four Xbox 360 game consoles put in a car by federal agents in a sting operation. He also pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about the thefts when they confronted him. He received a one-year sentence.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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