EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV) -- A Fairview Heights man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Federal District Court to drug and weapon charges.
Kevin Carver, 49, of Fairview Heights, Ill, was indicted on two counts; one for Manufacture of Marijuana, while the other was for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance.
According to authorities, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI) Agents went to Carver’s residence in September 2009 after receiving a tip that he had an indoor marijuana-growing operation in his home.
After searching Carver’s property, agents found 200 marijuana plants in his basement. MEGSI agents also recovered four operable guns.
In a voluntary statement to MEGSI agents, Carver admitted to growing marijuana from his residence, and that he frequently smoked the drug.
Manufacture of Marijuana carries maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million dollar fine. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine, in addition to supervised release for a minimum of three years.
Carver will be sentenced on June 17, 2011, in East St. Louis.
The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois, and assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.