News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 13, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Effingham Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Offenses

MAY 13 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on May 7, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, ARNOLD A. CAMPBELL, age 34, of Effingham, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute 50 grams or more of Methamphetamine (Count 1); Possession of Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 2); and Possession of Equipment, Chemicals, Products and Materials with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 3).

The penalties that can be imposed on Count 1 are a term of imprisonment of not less than 5 nor more than 40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years. The penalties that can be imposed on Count 2 are not more than 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 3 years’ supervised release. The penalties that can be imposed on Count 3 are not more than 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years’ supervised release.

Sentencing is currently scheduled for August 16, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois.

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, a cooperative effort of local, state and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

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