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Williamson County Woman Charged with Drug Offense

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


Cari L. Madson of Johnston City, Illinois, has been charged in a one-count indictment with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today. The federal indictment alleges that the offense occurred between February 2018 and January 2019, in Williamson and Jefferson Counties.

Madson, 37, made her initial appearance in federal court on March 11 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was ordered held without bond pending trial, which is currently scheduled for May 13, 2019.

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 5 to 40 years imprisonment, four years of supervised release, and a fine of $5 million.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. The Herrin Police Department, Marion Police Department, and Johnston City Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Updated March 18, 2019

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