Union County Woman Guilty on Meth Charges
A Union County resident pled guilty on August 16, 2012, to a two-count methamphetamine indictment, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Teresa J. Henson, 45, of Jonesboro, IL, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possession of a Listed Chemical Knowing it Would Be Used to Manufacture a Controlled Substance.
The offenses occurred between 2007, and December 6, 2011, in Union, Pulaski, and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea hearing established that Henson purchased pseudoephedrine pills for herself and others to use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. On December 6, 2011, Henson was involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside her Jonesboro residence. There was an explosion and both the residence and Henson caught on fire. At the time of the explosion and fire, there were multiple persons inside the residence, including a 21-month old child.
The offenses carry a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment and up to 3 years’ supervised release. The conspiracy offense and possession offense also carry potential fines of up to $1,000,000 and $250,000, respectively. Henson is currently being held without bond pending a November 19, 2012, sentencing hearing.
The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jonesboro Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Union County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.