Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Carl A. Stadelbacher of Cobden, Illinois, has been charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today. The federal indictment alleges that the offenses occurred between 2016 and February 2019, in Union and Jackson Counties.
Stadelbacher, 52, made his initial appearance in federal court on March 13 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was ordered held without bond pending a May 20, 2019 jury trial.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The drug offenses carry a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Union County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.