Marion Woman Pleads Guilty To "Meth" Charge
On July 12, 2012, a Marion, IL, woman pled guilty in federal court to a superseding
indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for
the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Shannon M. Foster, 30, entered a guilty plea to the superseding indictment charging
conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine which occurred between 2009, and July 25, 2011, in
Jackson and Williamson Counties. Evidence at the plea hearing established that Foster was involved
with others in the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine. Foster provided
pseudoephedrine pills to others to use in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $20 million,
and a term of supervised release of at least 10 years. One co-defendant has previously been
sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment for his role in the conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled
guilty and is awaiting sentencing. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting an August
13, 2012, jury trial.
Note: As to the co-defendant awaiting trial – that person is presumed innocent of the charge
and the government is required to prove that person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office,
Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Desoto Police Department,
Marion Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.