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April 8, 2011

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Four Southern Illinois residents appeared in federal court on April 7, 2011, on charges that they conspired to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Franklin S. Denault, a/k/a “Frankie D.,” age 33, of Ava, Christopher R. Davenport, age 27, of Murphysboro, Justin L. Stokes, age 30, of Anna, and Heidi R. Libbert, age 29, of Grand Tower, appeared in federal court on a one-count superseding indictment charging them with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. The alleged violation took place between 2009 and February 16, 2011, in Jackson and Union counties. Two additional co-defendants, Eddie O. Allen, III., age 33, of Grand Tower, and Joshua G. Taylor, age 32, of Murphysboro, are scheduled to make their initial appearances on the federal charge on April 12, 2011, in Benton.

The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $2,000,000. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven 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, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation is being conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team 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 Jackson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted during the investigation.

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



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