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Press Release

Williamson County Man Charged With Methamphetamine Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois


On March 6, 2018, a Williamson County man was indicted for methamphetamine offenses, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.

Richard W. Sellers, 57, of Herrin, was charged in a two-count indictment with conspiracy to distribute in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred between July 17, 2017, and February 25, 2018, in Williamson County. Sellers made his initial appearance in federal court on March 8, 2018. He was ordered held without bond pending a May 14, 2018, jury trial.

The conspiracy offense carries a maximum penalty of 5-40 years of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release and a fine of up to $5,000,000. The distribution offense carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

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 ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Herrin Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Williamson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Updated March 12, 2018

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