New Indictment for Alleged Meth Conspirators
Two southern Illinois residents were indicted on September 7, 2011, in a superseding indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
On November 21, 2011, Shannon M. Foster, 30, of Carterville, appeared in federal court in Benton, on the one-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. On November 8, 2011, Todd A. Cavins, 32, of Carbondale, made his initial appearance in federal court on the same indictment. Co-defendants Brett S. Turok, 26, of Vienna, and Donald E. Norris, 33, of Pittsburg, have previously had their court appearances in this case. Cavins, Turok, and Norris are being held without bond pending their scheduled January 23, 2012, jury trial.
The conspiracy offense is alleged to have occurred between 2009, and July 25, 2011, in Jackson and Williamson Counties. The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, 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, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Desoto Police Department, Marion Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.