Three Southern Illinoisans Indicted on Methamphetamine Related Charges
Warren Michael Morris, 32, of West Salem, IL, Debra E. Harms, 41, of Olney, IL, and Patricia Ann Utley, 52, of Olney, IL, were charged in a one count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Count 1 charges that from February 2011, until on or about October 2012, in Richland County and Edwards County, Morris, Harms, and Utley, conspired with each other and with others known and unknown to the grand jury to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. All three defendants face penalties of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, up to a $2,000,000 fine, and no less than 4 years supervised release to follow incarceration.
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 cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.