Three Randolph County Residents Charged With Methamphetamine Conspiracy
Three Randolph County residents were indicted on August 6, 2013, on charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Stephen P. Salzwedel, a/k/a “Steak,” 40, Tony G. Carle, 26, and Amber M. Calbreath, a/k/a “Amber Wehrman,” 31, all of Tilden, IL, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between 2012 and April 2013, in Perry, Jackson and Randolph Counties. The three co-defendants made their initial appearances in United States District Court in Benton on August 12, 2013. At an August 15, 2013, hearing, they were ordered held without bond pending an October 15, 2013, jury trial.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. 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.
If convicted, Salzwedel, Carle, and Calbreath face a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.