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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 5, 2015

Seven Southern Illinois Residents Charged With Methamphetamine And Heroin Offenses

Seven southern Illinois residents were indicted on June 2, 2015, in a two-count indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute heroin, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Paula L. Summers, 61, and Randall A. Miller, 25, both of Percy, Justin Ogle, 32, of Steeleville, Christopher R. Pelate, a/k/a "Critter," 34, of Willisville, and Brian T. Lane, a/k/a "Squirrel," of Marissa, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the methamphetamine offense occurred between 2013 and May 2015, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Summers, along with Larry D. Rice, 27, and Amanda J. Reeves, 25, both of Percy, are charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin. The indictment alleges that the heroin offense occurred between 2013 and May 2015 in Perry and Randolph Counties.

Miller, Pelate, Rice, and Reeves made their initial appearances in federal court in Benton on June 4, 2015. They are currently being held without bond pending June 9, 2015, detention hearings. Summers, Ogle, and Lane are scheduled to make their initial appearances in federal court on June 5, 2015. The case has been set for an August 10, 2015, 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 to the satisfaction of a jury.

If convicted, the methamphetamine and heroin offenses carry penalties of a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

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

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

Updated June 5, 2015