FOUR PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE
Three men and one woman plead guilty on April 7, 2011, in United States District Court at Benton, Ill.-, to a one count indictment charging them with Conspiracy to Manufacture a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Christopher Knapp, age 41, of Marion, Ill.-, Christopher Hosmon, age 28, of Johnston City, Ill.-, Alexander Lloyd, age 23, of Heyworth, Ill.-, and Britnee Childers-Beers, age 24, of Marion, Ill.-, all plead guilty in United States District Court at Benton, Ill.-. The violation took place from on or about April 2008, through February 2010, in Williamson County in the Southern District of Ill.-. Sentencing is scheduled for July 13, 2011, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Benton.
All of the defendants admitted to the court that they would obtain pseudoephedrine pills for use in manufacturing methamphetamine and then would manufacture the methamphetamine and distribute it to each other as well as to others in Williamson County. Because the amount of methamphetamine involved in the conspiracy was more than 500 grams, the offense carries with it a minimum sentence of 10 years’ up to life imprisonment and a fine of $4 million, or both. Any term of imprisonment must be followed by a term of not less than five years’ of supervised release.
This investigation was conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Offices. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr.