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Chester Woman Pleads Guilty to "Meth" Offense

April 24, 2012

A Randolph County resident pled guilty in federal court, on April 19, 2012, 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.

Bonnie L. Wahl, a/k/a Bonnie Biesterfeld, 45, of Chester, Ill., pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The conspiracy offense occurred between December 2009 and May 2011, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. At her plea hearing, Wahl admitted that she provided pseudoephedrine pills to others for the manufacture of methamphetamine, that she distributed methamphetamine and that she was responsible for the manufacture or distribution of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

The offense carries a penalty of 20 years to life imprisonment, a fine of not more than $20 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years. Wahl’s sentencing hearing is set for July 26, 2012.

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

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













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