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Three Effingham County Residents Charged with Methamphetamine Offenses

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

BENTON, Ill. – Kimberly J. Atkins, 45, of Effingham, Illinois, Tyler R. Schumacher, 36, of 
Altamont, Illinois, and Jennifer M. Hazlett, 34, of Altamont, Illinois, were each charged in a 
separate federal Indictment with methamphetamine related offenses on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

Atkins was charged in a five-count indictment.  Counts 1-4 charge that Atkins distributed 
methamphetamine on January 24, 2022, January 26, 2022 (two times), and March 9, 2022.  Count 5 
charges that on April 11, 2022, Atkins possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.  
All the crimes are alleged to have occurred in Effingham County, Illinois.

With respect to Atkins, Counts 1 and 5 each carry penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a 
$1,000,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 3 years.  Counts 2-4 each carry penalties 
of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 years imprisonment, up to a $4,000,000 fine, and supervised 
release not less than 4 years.

Schumacher was charged in a two-count indictment.  Count 1 charges that from about 2019, until on 
or about June 3, 2022, in Effingham County, within the Southern District of Illinois, Kentucky, and 
elsewhere, Schumacher conspired with others to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.  
Count 2 charges that on February 22, 2022, in Effingham County, Schumacher possessed with intent to 
distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine.

With respect to Schumacher, count 1 carries penalties of a minimum of 10 years up to life 
imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 5 years.  Count 2 
carries penalties of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 years imprisonment, up to a $4,000,000 fine, and 
supervised release not less than 4 years.

Hazlett was charged in a two-count indictment.  Count 1 charges that on March 23, 2022, in 
Effingham County, Hazlett distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.  Count 2 charges that 
on March 30, 3022, in Effingham County, Hazlett distributed more than 5 grams of
methamphetamine.

With respect to Hazlett, count 1 carries penalties of a minimum of 10 years up to life 
imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 5 years.  Count 2 
carries penalties of a minimum of 5 years up to 40 years imprisonment, up to a $4,000,000 fine, and 
supervised release not less than 4 years.

An indictment is merely a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, the defendant is 
presumed to be innocent of the charges until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the 
satisfaction of a jury.

The investigation was conducted by the Effingham County Sheriff's Department, the Effingham City 
Police Department, and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force.  Assistance was also
provided by the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Updated July 20, 2022