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Randolph County Woman Charged With Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

A Randolph County, Illinois, woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 21, 2013, for two methamphetamine-related offenses, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On May 24, 2013, Rachael S. Holt, 39, Sparta, was arraigned in United States District Court in Benton on a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred between 2009 and March 2013, in Jackson, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties. Holt is currently being held without bond pending a May 28, 2013, detention hearing.

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.

If convicted, Holt faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Sparta Police Department.

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

Updated February 19, 2015