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Saline County Woman Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Offenses

January 26, 2012

Dama E. Miller, 34, of Eldorado, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, on January 26, 2012, to 180 months’ imprisonment for possessing pseudoephedrine with intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Miller had previously pled guilty on October 6, 2011, to a two-count indictment charging her with those offenses.

Evidence adduced in support of the guilty pleas and sentencing showed that between January, 2009, and May, 2011, Miller conspired with others to obtain pseudoephedrine from multiple retailers in order to manufacture methamphetamine. Miller would receive a portion of the methamphetamine that was manufactured as payment for obtaining the pseudoephedrine.

Miller has been in the custody of the United States Marshal since September 26, 2011, after a motion to revoke her bond was filed based on her attempts to threaten and intimidate a witness against her. As a result of this conduct, her sentence was enhanced.

In addition to the 15 year term of imprisonment, Miller was ordered to pay fines and special assessments totaling $600 and was placed on a 5 year term of supervised release to follow her incarceration. Under federal law, parole has been abolished meaning that Miller will be required to serve at least 85% of her sentence of imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Saline County Sheriff’s Department and the Eldorado Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.











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