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July 19, 2011

On July 18, 2011, two Southern Illinois residents were sentenced for their involvement in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Kenneth D. Harris, Jr., a/k/a “Dean,” 42, of Carbondale, and Jared R. Roberts, 31, of Elkville, had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Harris was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300. Roberts was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment, 4 years supervised release, and was fined $100. Additionally, both Harris and Roberts were ordered to pay $1,813 in restitution.

“Methamphetamine is one of the most destructive drugs out there.” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “It destroys lives and leaves nothing behind but misery for those who use it, as well as for those whose family and friends are affected by its use. As United States Attorney, I will use all of my authority to try to stop this terrible tide!”

Evidence at the sentencing hearings established that Harris and Roberts were involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine in Jackson County. Roberts would steal anhydrous ammonia, which he sold to Harris and others for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Roberts also traded anhydrous ammonia to Harris for heroin. Harris was manufacturing methamphetamine in a residential area in Carbondale. When officers executed a search warrant at Harris’ Carbondale residence, on October 6, 2010, they located a container used to transport anhydrous ammonia, along with the other ingredients and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine. A HAZMAT team had to be called to the residence in order to safely destroy the hazardous materials. The offense occurred between September 2010 and October 6, 2010, in Jackson County. Another co-defendant has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. 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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