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Sparta Woman Faces Five Years in Prison for "Meth" Case

September 14, 2012

A Randolph County resident was sentenced, on September 14, 2012, on a one-count indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Bonnie L. Wahl, a/k/a Bonnie Biesterfeld, 45, of Sparta, IL, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and was fined $300. The conspiracy offense occurred between December, 2009, and May, 2011, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. At her plea hearing, Wahl admitted that she provided pseudoephedrine pills to others for the manufacture of methamphetamine. At sentencing, the District Court found that Wahl was responsible for the manufacture or distribution of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

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

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



















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