News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Guilty Plea in Effingham County, Illinois Methamphetamine Case

APR 23- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 23, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Benton, Illinois, Melissa E. WOODARD, age 25, of Edgewood, Illinois, pleaded guilty to an Indictment charging her with, Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine (Count 1); Possession of Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 4); and Possession of Equipment, Chemicals, Products and Materials with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 5).

Sentencing is currently scheduled for August 16, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Benton.

According to the Indictment and to other court documents, the conspiracy operated in and around
Effingham County and elsewhere in the Southern District of Illinois, from approximately September 2009 through approximately October 30, 2009.

This investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing activity was conducted by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, and was conducted in cooperation with the Effingham County State’s Attorney Edward Deters, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.