News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Illinois Man Sentenced for Role in Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

JUN 17 -- E. St. Louis, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Kevin Scott CLARK, age 51, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis on Friday to 135 months imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in and around Wabash County, Illinois, between October 2005 and December 2006, and for possessing equipment, chemicals, products, and materials for use in manufacturing methamphetamine. CLARK was charged with those offenses by a Federal Grand Jury on December 4, 2007, and pled guilty to both charges on February 28, 2008.

Evidence presented to support CLARK’s guilty plea and sentence showed that CLARK and another individual involved in the conspiracy would steal anhydrous ammonia together from farm supply businesses and then use it and other materials they obtained to manufacture methamphetamine which CLARK then sold to various individuals in and around Wabash County.

On December 29, 2006, a search was conducted of CLARK’s residence in Mt. Carmel where anhydrous ammonia, lithium, pseudoephedrine pills, and camping fuel were discovered which CLARK admitted he possessed with the intent to use to manufacture methamphetamine.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, CLARK was ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $950 and was placed on a term of supervised release of 5 years to follow his incarceration. Under federal law, parole has been abolished meaning that CLARK will be required to serve at least 85% of his sentence. CLARK was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending his designation to a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility.

The on-going investigation into the case is currently being led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Mt. Carmel Police Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, the Wabash County State’s Attorney, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin