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Southern District of Illinois

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Williamson County Man Convicted of Methamphetamine Offense


On February 28, 2018, a federal jury in Benton, Illinois, convicted a Williamson County man of a methamphetamine offense, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.

Rex A. Hopper, 44, of Creal Springs, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleged the offense occurred between January 2015 and May 31, 2017, in Williamson and Franklin Counties. Hopper was ordered detained pending a June 6, 2018, sentencing hearing. The methamphetamine offense carries a maximum penalty of 5-40 years of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and up to a $5,000,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Williamson and Franklin County States Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 1, 2018