Two Plead Guilty to Methamphetamine Offense
A Gorham, IL, man and Grand Tower, IL, woman pled guilty in federal district court in Benton on November 18, 2011, to Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
William E. Wohlwend, 34, of Gorham, and Heidi R. Libbert, 30, of Grand Tower, pled guilty to a one-count third superseding indictment charging Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. The methamphetamine offenses carry a possible penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and 4 years’ supervised release. The offense occurred between 2009, and April 6, 2011, in Jackson, Union, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. Evidence offered at the plea hearing established that Wohlwend and Libbert were involved with others in the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine. Wohlwend taught co-defendant Eddie Allen how to manufacture methamphetamine using the “Shake and Bake” method. On multiple occasions, Libbert supplied pseudoephedrine pills to Eddie Allen and others for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Wohlwend and Libbert are being held without bond pending their February 23, 2012, sentencing hearings. Six co-defendants have previously pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Three co-defendants are currently awaiting plea dates. Seven co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting a January 9, 2012, jury trial. 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 Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office and United States Marshals Service also assisted during the investigation.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.