A federal grand jury in Benton has charged 10 individuals with methamphetamine related offenses, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Those charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine are:
- Clarence “Buster” Ridlin, 50, Creal Springs;
- Rick D. Keebler, 44, Bush;
- Zachary A. Willard, 28, West Frankfort;
- Lexie L. Mutchek, 26, West Frankfort;
- Daniel W. Reinbold, 33, Royalton;
- John F. Richardson, 52, Johnston City;
- Lowell L. Skelton, 39, Carbondale;
- Brittany N. Stroud, 25, Marion;
- Brandi L. Dunfee, 29, West Frankfort
Christina L. Meeks, 27, Willisville, was charged separately with purchasing pseudoephedrine for use in methamphetamine manufacturing. She was being held this morning at the Saline County Detention Center.
Those individuals charged with conspiracy face a minimum of 10 years imprisonment up to life, a $10 million fine, and at least 5 years supervised release. Meeks faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to five years supervised release.
The investigation in this case has thus far resulted in the indictment of 53 individuals for methamphetamine related activities in Williamson, Franklin, and Jackson Counties. The still ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Illinois State Police, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Benton Police Department, Royalton Police Department, West City Police Department, Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office, Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tom Leggans.