Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
On May 2, 2017, a Williamson County resident was indicted for methamphetamine related offenses, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.
Erin K. Wright, a/k/a "Erin Shannon," "Erin Tennyson," and "Erin Atchison," 47, of Creal Springs, was 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 offenses occurred between September 2012 and April 2015, in Franklin, Williamson, and Jackson Counties. Wright appeared in May 5, 2017. At her May 9, 2017, detention hearing, she was ordered held without bond pending a July 10, 2017, jury trial.
The methamphetamine offenses carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 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 Drug Task Force and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. The Williamson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.