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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Two Southern Illinois Men And Arizona Man Indicted On Methamphetamine Related Charges

Kedly G. Newlin, 57, of Lawrenceville, IL, Kelly W. Cessna, 46, of Bridgeport, IL, and Lorenzo Molina, 50, of Phoenix, AZ, were indicted on July 19, 2016, on methamphetamine related charges in a four count Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Count 1 charges that from November 2015, until June 18, 2016, in Crawford, Lawrence, and Richland Counties, within the Southern District of Illinois, and elsewhere, Newlin, Cessna, and Molina conspired to distribute methamphetamine in violation of federal law. The total amount of methamphetamine involved in the conspiracy was fifty (50) grams or more of crystal methamphetamine (Ice), or five hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

Count 2 charges that on February 17, 2016, in Crawford County, Newlin knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Count 3 charges that in mid to late May 2016, in Richland County, Molina knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine. The amount of methamphetamine involved was five (5) grams or more of crystal methamphetamine (Ice), or fifty (50) grams or more of a mixture and substance methamphetamine.2

Count 4 charges that on June 9, 2016, in Lawrence County, Cessna knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. The total amount of methamphetamine involved was fifty (50) grams or more of crystal methamphetamine (Ice), or five hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

With respect to Count 1, all three defendants face 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

With respect to Count 2, Newlin faces up to 20 years imprisonment, up to $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 3 years.

With respect to Count 3, Molina faces 5-40 years’ imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 4 years.

With respect to Count 4, Cessna faces 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

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.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Robinson, Illinois Police Department, the Bridgeport, Illinois Police Department, the Lawrenceville County Sheriff’s Office, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 3, 2016