Richland County Woman Indicted On Methamphetamine Related Charges
Christine L. Hagen, 28, of Olney, Illinois, was indicted on methamphetamine related charges returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Hagen was indicted on two charges. Count 1 charges that from November 2011, until on or about April 14, 2012, in Richland County, Hagen conspired with others known and unknown to the grand jury to manufacture methamphetamine. Count 2 charges that from January 2011, to on or about April 14, 2012, in Richland County, Hagen possessed pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
With respect to Count 1, Hagen faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and no less than 3 years supervised release to follow his incarceration. With respect to Count 2, Hagen faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and no more than 3 years supervised release to follow his 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 case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George A. Norwood.