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Three men and one woman pleaded guilty on April 7, 2011, in U.S. District Court at Benton, to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance (methamphetamine), the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Friday.

Christopher Knapp, 41, of Marion, Christopher Hosmon, 28, of Johnston City, Alexander Lloyd, 23, of Heyworth, and Britnee Childers-Beers, 24, of Marion, all pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court at Benton.

The violation took place from on or about April 2008 through February 2010 in Williamson County in the Southern District of Illinois. Sentencing is scheduled for July 13, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. at Benton.

All of the defendants admitted to the court that they would obtain pseudoephedrine pills for use in manufacturing methamphetamine and then would manufacture the methamphetamine and distribute it to each other as well as to others in Williamson County. Because the amount of methamphetamine involved in the conspiracy was more than 500 grams, the offense carries with it a minimum sentence of 10 years’ up to life imprisonment and a fine of $4 million, or both.

Any term of imprisonment must be followed by a term of not less than five years’ of supervised release.

This investigation was conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Offices. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. Carr.

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