Methamphetamine Indictment Announced
A Jackson County man and a Franklin County woman were indicted on February 21, 2013, in a one-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
On February 25, 2013, Rachel L. Mills, 34, of Mulkeytown, Illinois, appeared in federal court in Benton, Illinois, on the one count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. At the February 26, 2013, detention hearing, Mills was ordered held without bond pending an April 29, 2013, jury trial. Co-defendant Joseph R. Green, 48, of Elkville, Illinois, has previously appeared in federal court on the charge and is also being held without bond pending trial.
According to the indictment, the offense occurred between August 2009 and September 4, 2012, in Jackson County. The offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, 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 and the Murphysboro Police Department. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.