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Jonesboro Woman Sentenced in Meth Case

November 21, 2012

A Jonesboro, IL, resident was sentenced in federal district court on November 20, 2012, on a two-count methamphetamine indictment, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Teresa J. Henson, 45, who had previously pled guilty to charges of Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Possession of a Listed Chemical Knowing it Would Be Used to Manufacture a Controlled Substance, was sentenced to 135 months in prison, 4 years of supervised release following prison, and fined $700.

The offenses occurred between 2007, and December 6, 2011, in Union, Pulaski, and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Henson purchased pseudoephedrine pills for herself and others to use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. On December 6, 2011, Henson was involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside her Jonesboro residence. There was an explosion and both the residence and Henson caught on fire. At the time of the explosion and fire, there were multiple persons inside the residence, including a disabled individual and a 21-month old child. Henson received an enhanced sentence because her offense created a substantial risk of harm to the life of a minor.

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 was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.












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