SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MEN FACE FEDERAL SENTENCES FOR METHAMPHETAMINE OFFENSE
Two southern Illinois residents were indicted on August 3, 2011, in an indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Both men were recently arrested and are being held without bond pending their trial date.
On August 15, 2011, Brett S. Turok, 26, of Vienna, and Donald E. Norris, 33, of Pittsburg, appeared in federal court in Benton on the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. At an August 18, 2011, detention hearing, both Turok and Norris were ordered held without bond, pending trial, which is currently scheduled for October 11, 2011.
The indictment alleges that the conspiracy offense occurred between 2009, and July 25, 2011, in Jackson and Williamson Counties. If convicted, both men face a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of not more than $10 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Desoto Police Department, Marion Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.