A federal grand jury issued an indictment against a Belleville man on possession and distribution of heroin and weapons charges.
The four-count indictment against Mario L. "Bud" McCarter, 38, of the 1100 block of Lilac in Belleville, was filed on Dec. 3. The indictment was unsealed 10 days later.
The indictment charges McCarter with heroin distribution, two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and a felon in possession of a firearm.
McCarter was on bond on a state charge of possession of a controlled substance. Belleville police arrested McCarter on April 3, 2012, but he posted $2,000 --- 10 percent of his $20,000 bail --- and was released two days later, according to the court case.
The federal indictment charged that McCarter possessed heroin on March 21.
The federal weapons charge alleges that McCarter possessed a 9 mm pistol, which is illegal because of a 1998 conviction of attempted murder in a Cook County case.
McCarter is expected to plead guilty to the state drug case on Jan. 16
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams ordered McCarter to be detained on the federal charges.
McCarter has entered a not guilty plea in the federal case. His trial in federal court is schedule to begin on Jan. 27 before U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan.