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Meth Cook Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

November 20, 2012

A Robinson, IL, man pled guilty in federal district court to an indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On November 19, 2012, Michael F. Yankey, 49, of Robinson, formerly of Chester, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The conspiracy offense occurred between May 2011 and April 2012, in Williamson, Randolph, Jackson and Crawford Counties. The factual basis at the plea hearing established that Yankey was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine using the red phosphorous method. Numerous persons supplied Yankey with pseudoephedrine pills, iodine, and matches for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Yankey later provided methamphetamine to those person that supplied him with the precursors. The offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $1 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 3 years.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Chester Police Department, Murphysboro Police Department, Robinson Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.













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