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Clay County Man Indicted On Methamphetamine Related Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Richard H. Barber, 49, of Louisville, IL, was indicted on February 3, 2015, on methamphetamine related charges in a two count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Count 1 charges that from June 2014, until on or about October 28, 2014, in Clay County, and elsewhere within the Southern District of Illinois, Barber conspired with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to manufacture a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine. Count 2 charges that on October 28, 2014, in Clay County, Barber possessed equipment, chemicals, products, or materials which can be used to manufacture methamphetamine, knowing, intending, and having reasonable cause to believe, that those items would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

With respect to Count 1, Barber faces up to 20 years in prison, up to a $1,000,000 fine, supervised release of not less than 3 years, and a $100 special assessment.

With respect to Count 2, Barber faces up to 10 years in prison, up to $250,000 fine, supervised release of up to 3 years, and a $100 special assessment.

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.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.

Updated February 19, 2015