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Four Henry County Men Arrested, Charged with Methamphetamine Manufacturing Conspiracy

August 2, 2010

Rock Island, Ill. – A federal grand jury last week returned an indictment that charges four Henry county, Illinois men with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess methamphetamine. Following the defendants’ arrests on Friday, the indictment was unsealed when the men appeared in federal court in Peoria this afternoon. Arraignment for the four is scheduled on Friday, Aug. 6, in federal court in Rock Island.

Those charged are: Justin W. Collins, 30, of the 400-block of Hollis Street, Kewanee; Jeremy T. Payne, 30, 100-block, NW 2nd Avenue, Galva; Bradley A. Lain, 33, of the 600 block of Williams Street, Kewanee; and, Steven Paul Nichols, 61, of the 1100 block of Lake Street, Kewanee.

The defendants appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Gorman and were ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

The one-count indictment alleges that from September 2004 to July 27, 2010, in Henry county, Illinois, the men participated in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

If convicted, the statutory penalty for the offense is a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison; if a defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, the statutory penalty is 20 years to life in prison.

The charge is the result of an investigation by the Illinois State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force and Zone 2 Meth Response Team; Kewanee Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office; Bureau County Sheriff’s Office; and the Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with the Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara L. Darrow.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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