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Chester Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

April 10, 2012

A Chester, Ill., man pled guilty in federal district court to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On April 10, 2012, Virgil W. Chambers, 47, pled guilty to the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The conspiracy offense occurred between December, 2010, and March 16, 2011, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. Chambers’ offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $5 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years. Chambers is currently being held without bond pending his July 12, 2012, sentencing hearing. Two co-defendants have previously pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Chester Police Department, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.















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