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Franklin County Woman Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison on Federal Methamphetamine Charges

April 25, 2013

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Amy Jo Melvin , 35, of West Frankfort, IL, was sentenced in Federal Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, to 97 months in prison for her participation in methamphetamine related activities in Southern Illinois. Melvin was convicted of the charges in January of this year. The offenses occurred from July 2009, until a grand jury charged Melvin in March 2012.

This particular federal investigation into methamphetamine activities in Franklin, Williamson, and Jackson Counties has thus far resulted in the indictment of 53 individuals. Thirty one of those indicted have been convicted and 22 still await trial. Other ongoing investigations are producing similar results.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Benton Police Department, Royalton Police Department, West City Police Department, Williamson County State’s Attorney's Office, Franklin County State’s Attorney's Office, and the Jackson County State’s Attorney's Office.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tom Leggans.















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