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January 4, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 3, 2011, VERNON COLBROTH, age 34, of Creal Springs, Illinois, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The violation took place from January 2008, through February 2009, in Williamson County.

The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of 3 years’ supervised release. COLBROTH is currently being held without bail pending sentencing, which is currently scheduled for April 7, 2011.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Creal Springs Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. 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 is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.




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