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Metro-East: Guilty pleas in tri-county meth ring

News release from the office of the U. S. Attorney

A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 23, 2009, JAMES G. HUMPHRIES, age 36, of Broughton, GEORGE F. SHANKS, III, age 39, of Fayetteville, and CHRISTIAN L. BROUSSARD, age 36, and DANIEL D. ROBERTSON, age 44, both of Lenzburg, pled guilty to a one-count indictment, charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

The violation took place between December 2007 and March 2009, in St. Clair, Madison, and Randolph Counties, Illinois. The potential penalties for SHANKS, BROUSSARD, and ROBERTSON are a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of at least four years of supervised release following any term of incarceration. The potential penalties for HUMPHRIES are a minimum of 20 to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $8,000,000, and a term of at least 10 years of supervised release. The four co-defendants are being held without bond pending sentencing, which is currently scheduled for March 5, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois.

The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

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