Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Jacob R. Diefenbach of Marion has been charged by indictment with two counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today. The federal indictment alleges that the offenses occurred on December 12, 2018, and February 4, 2019, in Williamson County.
Earlier this month, Diefenbach, 30, made his initial appearance in federal court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held without bond pending a May 13, 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 Marion Police Department. The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.