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Six Franklin County people and one St. Louis man indicted on federal methamphetamine charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2012

St. Louis, MO - The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that seven people were indicted on federal methamphetamine charges for alleged activities that occurred between 2008 and February 2012 in Franklin County.

RICHARD L. TREIS, Leesburg, MO; ROBERT SWINNEY, St. Louis, MO; CHANCE C. ZIEGLER, St. Clair, MO; JOSEPH R. McNAMARA, Farmington, MO; SHANNON M. STEPHENS, St. Clair, MO; BODETTE O. ALGIERE, a/k/a Bodette O. Inman, New Haven, MO; and SHARON S. McGRAW, Washington, MO, were indicted on multiple charges, including conspiracy to manufacture over 50 grams of methamphetamine; conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine; possession of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine and maintaining a property used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

If convicted, these charges carry maximum penalties ranging from 5 to 40 years in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Winfield is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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