Illinois man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy; 4 others involved

Illinois man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy; 4 others involved

Illinois man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy; 4 others involved

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by Caroline Hilton / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 11 at 11:37 AM

(KMOV) -- An Illinois man who conspired with four others in the manufacturing of between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms of meth pleaded guilty to charges on Friday.

Stephen A. Smith, 33, of Johnston City, Ill., conspired with Christopher D. Norris and Robert D. Starcher in the manufacture of meth between 2010 and January, 2012 in Williamson, Jackson, and Franklin Counties.

Authorities say Smith was involved in stealing anhydrous ammonia and obtaining pseudoephedrine for use during meth “cooks."

Smith faces from 20 years to life imprisonment, a fine up to $20,000,000 and 10 years’ supervised release.

Norris and Starcher have previously been sentenced to prison terms of 216 months and 100 months, respectively, for their role in the meth conspiracy.

Authorities say two other conspirators have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The investigation is ongoing.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 4 for more updates.

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