Two Jackson County Residents Charged With Methamphetamine Conspiracy
On April 8, 2014, Travis J. Sanders, 29, and April M. Elliot, 33, both of Pomona, were charged by superseding indictment with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
The offense occurred between 2009 and December 2013, in Union and Jackson Counties. Elliot made her initial appearance in federal court on April 14, 2014. At an April 15, 2014, hearing, she was released on bond pending a June 16, 2014, jury trial. Sanders is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on April 24, 2014.
The methamphetamine offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a fine of $1,000,000.
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.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team and Union County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.