Randolph County Men Indicted in Meth Conspiracy
Two Randolph County residents were indicted on October 16, 2012, in a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Steven A. Zweigart, II, a/k/a “Swag,” 32, of Chester, and Michael J. Jaimet, 30, of Percy, were charged in a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. On October 19, 2012, Jaimet made his initial appearance in federal court in Benton. He is currently being held without bond pending an October 23, 2012, bond hearing. Zweigart is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on October 23, 2012. The offense occurred between November, 2011, and October 12, 2012, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. The offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
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 ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Percy Police Department, Murphysboro Police Department, Sparta Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.