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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Monday, February 9, 2015

Perry County Woman Sentenced For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On February 6, 2015, Lori A. Helmer, 49, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, was sentenced on a methamphetamine offense, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Helmer, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $200. The offense occurred between 2012 and June 2013, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Helmer was involved with co-defendants Michael Lasky and Daniel Caraker and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Helmer would travel with others to obtain pseudoephedrine pills for use in the manufacturing process. At sentencing, the district court determined that Helmer was responsible for unlawfully obtaining more than 133 grams of pseudoephedrine. Lasky and Caraker were previously sentenced to prison terms of 108 months and 121 months, respectively, for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Murphysboro Police Department, DuQuoin Police Department, Pinckneyville Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Perry County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.

Updated February 19, 2015