FORMER WATERLOO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO METHAMPHETAMINE AND FIREARMS OFFENSES
A former resident of Waterloo, Illinois, who had been a fugitive since 2004, entered pleas of guilty to four charges in federal court on September 6, 2011,the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Brian G. Sweet, 49, plead guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine (Count 1), which carries a minimum of 5 years’ and a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 , and at least 4 years of supervised release; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Count 2), which carries a minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment to a maximum of life, which must be served consecutively to the sentence imposed on Count 1, a fine of not more than $250,000.00, and a term of up to 3 years of supervised release; possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon (Count 3), and possession of an unregistered firearm (Count 4), each of which carries a term of imprisonment of not more than 10 years, a fine of $250,000.00, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
Sweet is currently scheduled to be sentenced at 8:00 am on December 12, 2011, in United States District Court in East St. Louis. Sweet was originally charged in a federal indictment which was returned in 2005. He was a fugitive, until taken into custody in July of this year.
Evidence in support of the indictment was obtained in an investigation of a methamphetamine laboratory located at Sweet’s residence in Monroe County in November, 2004, which was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Illinois State Police, and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI). This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey.