A Harrisburg woman faces a federal methamphetamine charge.
Ashley Renee Uze, 27, of Harrisburg was arraigned Thursday in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging her with possessing pseudoephedrine with the intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to a release from Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
The indictment, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on March 5, alleged that the offense occurred on Nov. 5, 2012.
If convicted, Uze faces up to 20 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release to follow her incarceration.
Following the hearing, Uze was returned to the custody of the Saline County Detention Center where she is being held on unrelated state charges. She will return to federal court for a final pre-trial hearing 9:30 a.m. May 9.
The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.