NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812

For Immediate Release December 21, 2010 Public Information Officer FAUSA Randy G. M assey (618) 628-3700
ANNA WOMAN SENTENCED FOR

ROLE IN METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 21 2010, PATRICIA J. VEDOK, age 52, of Anna, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton. VEDOK, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300.

The violation took place between January 2007, and April 2010, in Union, Jackson and Williamson Counties. Two co-defendants have entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing.

The investigationwasconducted bythe Union CountySheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Anna Police Department. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

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