ELEVEN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS RESIDENTS INDICTED IN METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY
Eleven southern Illinois residents were indicted on May 3, 2011, in a second superseding indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Eddie O. Allen, III, 33, Heidi R. Libbert, 29, Harry R. Libbert, Jr., 32, Charles A. Williams, a/k/a “Spot,” 31, and Samantha A. Johnson, 35, all of Grand Tower, Joshua G. Taylor, 32, and Christopher R. Davenport, 27, both of Murphysboro, Franklin S. Denault, a/k/a “Frankie D.,” 33, of Ava, and Justin L. Stokes, 30, of Anna, recently appeared in federal court in Benton, Illinois, on the one-count second superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Two additional co-defendants, Rodney D. Phelps, 39, of Grand Tower, and Geoffrey A. Phelps, 31, of Marion, are currently fugitives.
The conspiracy offense occurred between 2009 and April 6, 2011, in Jackson, Union, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. The offense carries a penalty of a term of imprisonment from 10 years to life, 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, Murphysboro Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation is being conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team 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 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.