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Jackson County Man Guilty Of Making ‘Meth’

June 10, 2013

On June 6, 2013, a Jackson County, Illinois, man pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Leslie Blaine Clover, 48, of Desoto, pled guilty in United States District Court in Benton to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The offense occurred between June 2012 and January 28, 2013, in Jackson and Randolph Counties. Evidence at the plea hearing established that Clover provided pseudoephedrine pills for methamphetamine cooks and assisted in cleaning-up methamphetamine labs after cooks. Clover also acted as a look-out while co-conspirators stole materials needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Clover is currently being held without bond pending an October 3, 2013, sentencing hearing. At that time, Clover faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. Co-defendant Crystal D. Kellems has previously pled guilty to her role in the methamphetamine offense.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.

























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