Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that RACHEL L. REEVE, 24, of Centralia, Illinois, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine, and Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, charges returned against her by a federal grand jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois, in November 2014. The offenses are in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The conspiracy charge carries a statutory penalty of not less than 5 years’ imprisonment up to 40 years’ imprisonment, not less than 4 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment, and up to a $4 million fine. The possession charge carries a statutory sentence of not more than 20 years’ imprisonment, up to 3 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine. A $100 assessment for each count is mandatory.
According to court documents, the conspiracy operated from approximately December 2012, to February 21, 2014, in Marion, Clinton and Jefferson Counties. During this time, Reeve obtained and provided pills containing pseudoephedrine to others in the conspiracy who manufactured methamphetamine, and she knew the pills would be used for that purpose. She generally obtained cash in exchange for the pills which she used to support her own drug habit.
Information leading to the charges against Reeve was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, and the Centralia Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.