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

Monday, June 9, 2014

Six Southern Illinois Residents Added To Methamphetamine Conspiracy Indictment

On June 3, 2014, James Scott Rankin, 44, and James C. Leming, 53, both of Carbondale, Larry E. Recar, 38, and Amye L. Sandidge, 29, both of Murphysboro, Daniel J.E. Overmyer, 23, of Carterville, and Dawn Unterfer, 44, of Gorham, were charged by superseding indictment with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

The offense occurred between 2010 and May 2014, in Jackson, Williamson, Union, and Franklin Counties. The six co-defendants made their initial appearances in federal court on June 9, 2014. They are currently being held without bond, pending June 12, 2014, detention hearings. Two co-defendants have previously pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Five co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting jury trial.

The methamphetamine offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $1,000,000.

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.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015