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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Two Randolph County Men Sentenced For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On April 10, 2014, Stephen P. Salzwedel, a/k/a “Steak,” 41, and Tony G. Carle, 27, both of Tilden, Illinois, were sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced.

Salzwedel and Carle, who had both previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, were sentenced to prison terms of 140 months and 120 months, respectively. They were each fined $200 and placed on 3 years’ supervised release. The offense occurred between 2012 and April 2013 in Perry, Randolph, and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Salzwedel and Carle were involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. They purchased pseudoephedrine, themselves, and collected pseudoephedrine from others to use in cooking methamphetamine. At sentencing, the district judge found that they were responsible for obtaining over 72 grams of pseudoephedrine. Salzwedel and Carle also received enhanced sentences because there was a minor involved in the offense.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated February 19, 2015