Two Randolph County Residents Plead Guilty To Methamphetamine Offenses
November 19, 2014, Allen W. Clover, Jr., 41, of Tilden, pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. On November 17, 2014, co-defendant Carmen J. Clover, 41, also of Tilden, entered a guilty plea to the methamphetamine conspiracy offense.
The offenses occurred between 2012 and March 2014, in Jackson, Randolph, and St. Clair Counties. Evidence at the plea hearings established that the Clovers were involved with each other and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The Clovers often traveled together to obtain pseudoephedrine, which they would later provide to methamphetamine manufacturers. On January 17, 2014, Allen Clover obtained pseudoephedrine from pharmacies located in both Randolph and St. Clair Counties.
The offenses carry a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release. The conspiracy offense carries a fine of up to $1,000,000, while the pseudoephedrine offense carries a fine of up to $250,000. Carmen and Allen Clover are set for sentencing on March 4, 2015, and March 25, 2015, respectively.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Tilden Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.