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

Monday, February 11, 2013

Two Jackson County Men Charged In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Two Jackson County, IL, residents were indicted on February 5, 2013, in an indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On February 7, 2013, Brian W. Davis, 30, of Desoto, was arraigned in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between June, 2012, and November 1, 2012, in Jackson and Union Counties. Davis was ordered held without bond pending a February 12, 2013, detention hearing. Anthony R. Renth, 45, of Murphysboro, is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the indictment on February 25, 2013.

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, Davis and Renth face up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Murphysboro Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Updated February 19, 2015