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Quincy Brothers Charged with Methamphetamine Distribution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2011

Springfield, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned separate indictments charging two Quincy, Illinois brothers with distribution of methamphetamine, as announced by U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis of the Central District of Illinois.

The grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Brett E. Kroeger, 28, of the 700 block of Payson Street, Quincy, Ill., with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine in Quincy: on or about Aug. 18, 2010; Aug. 19, 2010; and on or about Sept. 13, 2010. In a separate indictment, Anthony L. Kroeger, 24, also of the 700 block of Payson, in Quincy, is charged with one count of distribution of methamphetamine in Quincy, on or about Aug. 18, 2010, and with one count of conspiracy to manufacture five or more grams of methamphetamine from July 2010 to Oct. 13, 2010.

Both defendants are currently in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

If convicted, the statutory penalty for each count of distribution of methamphetamine is up to 20 years in prison; if a defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, the statutory penalty is up to 30 years in prison. If convicted of conspiracy to manufacture five or more grams of methamphetamine, the statutory penalty is a mandatory minimum five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison; if a defendant has a prior felony drug conviction, the mandatory sentence is 10 years and up to life in prison.

The charge is the result of an investigation by the Central Illinois Enforcement Group; the Quincy Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory M. Gilmore.

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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