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Southern District of Illinois

Monday, March 9, 2015

Williamson County Man Charged With Methamphetamine Offenses

A Williamson County man was indicted on March 3, 2015, for methamphetamine-related offenses, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Jeremey A. Phillips, a/k/a "Jeremy Phillips," 28, of Marion, is charged in a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between 2012 and February 2015, in Williamson, Jackson, and Jefferson Counties. Phillips made his initial appearance in federal court in Benton on March 9, 2015. He is currently being held without bond pending a March 10, 2015, detention hearing.

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 methamphetamine offenses carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Marion Police Department.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated March 10, 2015