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Southern District of Illinois

Friday, October 4, 2013

Desoto Man Faces Federal Prison For ‘Meth’ Case

On October 3, 2013, Leslie Blaine Clover, 48, of Desoto, Ill., was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on a one-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Clover, who had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, was sentenced to 168 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. Clover was also fined $200. The offense occurred between June 2012 and January 28, 2013, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established, during the conspiracy, Clover provided others with pseudoephedrine for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Clover also sometimes acted as a look-out, while others were stealing methamphetamine-related items. Clover received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a Career Offender.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.

Updated February 19, 2015