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July 15, 2011

Two Chester, IL, residents were indicted on July 6, 2011, in a federal Indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On July 11, 2011, David E. Roche, 50, and Virgil W. Chambers, 47, both of Chester, appeared in federal court in Benton, on the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. At a July 14, 2011, detention hearing, Chambers was ordered held without bond, pending trial, which is currently scheduled for September 12, 2011.

The Indictment alleges that the conspiracy offense occurred between December, 2010, and March 16, 2011, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. If convicted on the Indictment, the men would face potential penalties of a term of imprisonment from 5-40 years, a fine of not more than $2 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years. 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, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Chester Police Department, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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



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