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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jackson County Man Charged With Methamphetamine Conspiracy

A Murphysboro, IL, resident was indicted on July 9, 2013, in an indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On July 11, 2013, Michael R. Jines, a/k/a “Mikey” and “Pill Mike,” 32, was arraigned in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between January 2013 and June 2013 in Jackson County. Jines is currently being held without bond pending a July 16, 2013, detention hearing.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

If convicted, Jines faces a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

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

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

Updated February 19, 2015