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Marion Man Sentenced on "Meth" Charge

August 9, 2012

On July 26, 2012, a Marion, IL, man was sentenced in U.S. District Court on a one-count superseding indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Todd A. Cavins, 33, was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment, 10 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400. The district judge ordered that Cavins receive 13 months’ credit for time spent incarcerated on a related state case. The conspiracy offense occurred between 2009 and July 25, 2011, in Jackson and Williamson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Cavins, who was a manufacturer of methamphetamine, was involved with others in the theft of anhydrous ammonia. Numerous individuals supplied Cavins with pseudoephedrine pills for the manufacture of methamphetamine. In return, Cavins provided methamphetamine to those persons who provided him with pseudoephedrine or other methamphetamine-manufacturing precursors. The district court found that Cavins was responsible for the production of 1.4 kilograms of methamphetamine. Cavins received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a Career Offender.

Co-defendant Donald Norris has previously been sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Co-defendant Shannon Foster has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

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.











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