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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Randolph County Woman Sentenced On Methamphetamine Offenses

On February 13, 2014, Rachel S. Holt, 40, of Sparta, Illinois, was sentenced on three methamphetamine-related offenses, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Holt, who had previously pled guilty to a three-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 114 months in prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release and fined $600. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that between 2009 and March 2013, Holt was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine in Jackson, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties. On March 17, 2010, Holt obtained pseudoephedrine pills at stores in both Sparta and Belleville. On September 30, 2011, Holt and four co-conspirators purchased pseudoephedrine pills together at Carbondale and Murphysboro stores. The pseudoephedrine was obtained for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. At sentencing, the district court determined that Holt was responsible for illegally obtaining over 261 grams of pseudoephedrine.

The investigation was conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Sparta Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

Updated February 19, 2015