Methamphetamine Indictment Announced
A Union County resident was indicted on February 7, 2012, in a two-count methamphetamine indictment, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
On February 28, 2012, Teresa J. Henson, 45, of Jonesboro, IL, appeared in federal court in Benton, on the two-count indictment charging Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possession of a Listed Chemical Knowing it Would Be Used to Manufacture a Controlled Substance. Henson is currently being held without bond pending an April 30, 2012, jury trial.
The offenses are alleged to have occurred between 2007, and December 6, 2011, in Union, Pulaski, and Jackson Counties. 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.
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 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.