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Press Release

Jackson County Residents Charged With Methamphetamine Offenses

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

Two Jackson County residents were indicted on March 8, 2016, for methamphetamine-related offenses, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

Kyle E. Easterly, 29, and Charles W. Yearian, a/k/a "Chucky," 29, both of Murphysboro, are charged in a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred between October 2015 and March 2016, in Jackson and Perry Counties. Easterly and Yearian appeared in federal court on March 17, 2016. They were ordered held without bond pending a May 9, 2016, jury trial.

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.

The methamphetamine offenses carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Murphysboro Police Department. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated March 18, 2016

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