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Clay County Woman Indicted on Methamphetamine Related Charges

August 13, 2012

Erin T. Rutger, 27, of Sailor Springs, Illinois, was indicted on methamphetamine related charges returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Rutger was indicted on one charge alleging that from October 1, 2010, to June 9, 2012, in Richland County and elsewhere, Rutger did knowingly and intentionally possess pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Rutger faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years supervised release to follow her incarceration if convicted on this charge.

An Indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. 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 investigation in this case was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.

















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