ELDORADO WOMAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF PSEUDOEPHEDRINE KNOWING IT WOULD BE USED TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on May 13, 2011, Brandie Wenzel, 39, of Eldorado, Ill.-, was sentenced to 121 months in prison by the United States District Court at Benton, on a one count indictment charging her with Possession of a Listed Chemical (Pseudoephedrine) Knowing it Would Be Used to Manufacture a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). In addition to her 121 month sentence, Wenzel was also ordered to pay a fine of $200, a special assessment of $100, and to serve a period of three years of supervised release following her prison sentence.
At her guilty plea on January26, 2011, Wenzel admitted to the court that from June 19, 2008, through May 21, 2010, she would purchase or obtain from others pseudoephedrine pills for use in manufacturing methamphetamine. Once obtained, she would provided them to an individual who would use them to make methamphetamine in Saline County. In return, she would be paid in cash or with a portion of the finished methamphetamine. The methamphetamine produced was then sold throughout southern Illinois. Records from several merchants throughout southern Illinois showed numerous purchases of pseudoephedrine by Wenzel during this period.
This investigation was conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and the Franklin and the Saline County Sheriff’s Offices. The case was being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Carr.