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Local Men Face Federal Sentencing

October 19, 2012

Two southern Illinois residents pled guilty in federal district court on October 19, 2012, to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Christopher D. Norris, 30, of Pittsburg, and Robert D. Starcher, 24, of Marion, appeared in federal court in Benton and entered guilty pleas to the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The offense occurred between 2010, and January 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, and Franklin Counties. Evidence during the plea hearings established that Norris and Starcher were involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Norris provided pseudoephedrine pills to others for the use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Norris was also involved in stealing anhydrous ammonia. Starcher manufactured methamphetamine with others and also provided pseudoephedrine pills for use during methamphetamine cooks. The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $5 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Murphysboro Police Department, Marion Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and Mt. Vernon Police Department.

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













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