26 charged with meth-related offenses in southern Illinois

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by Daniel Mueller

KMOV.com

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 2:04 PM

(KMOV) -- A federal grand jury has charged 26 southern Illinois residents with meth-related offenses, according to an announcement from the Department of Justice on Wednesday.

Seven are charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth, while 19 others are charged with providing pseudoephedrine pills for producing the drug.

Those charged with the more serious offense face 10 years to life in prison, and a $10 million fine. They are: Gary D. “Chuck” Parini of Bush, Illinois, Brittaney M. Howell of Johnston City, Illinois, Jennifer L. Wilkie of West Frankfort, Illinois, Michael E. Stroud of Carterville, Illinois, Elaina M. Holland of Freeman Spur, Illinois, Craig E. Stumpe of Freeman Spur, Illinois, and Nicholas C. Biggs of Royalton, Illinois.

The individuals charged with providing pseudoephedrine pills to others face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They are: Richard E. Larson of Benton, Illinois, Amy J. Melvin of West Frankfort, Illinois, Amy J. Innis of Zeigler, Illinois, Joshua Murphy of Zeigler, Illinois, Christa L. Gray of Valier, Illinois, Melody J. Kostanek of Marion, Illinois, Jason E. Curry of Christopher, Illinois, Rebecca S. Pena of Johnston City, Illinois, Melissa A. Pena of Johnston City, Illinois, Lee. Haught of Johnston City, Illinois, Jeri Haught of Johnston City, Illinois, Sheila R. Haught of Johnston City, Illinois, Sean J. Riley of Johnston City, Illinois, Casey A. Riley of Johnston City, Illinois, Tina M. Monteith of Herrin, Illinois, Devin D. Duncan of Herrin, Illinois, Betty Colp of Herrin, Illinois, Tina K. Hill of Creal Springs, Illinois, and Gynelle L. Ledbetter of Creal Springs, Illinois.

“Our prosecution, with the assistance of our state partners, is an attempt to help put an end to the misery brought about in Southern Illinois by those who traffic in methamphetamine,” said US Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.

The DEA, Illinois State police, and multiple police departments collaborated on the case.

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