East St. Louis, Ill. —
Four Southern Illinois residents appeared in federal court on April 7, 2011, on charges that they conspired to manufacture methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Friday.
Franklin S. “Frankie D” Denault, 33, of Ava, Christopher R. Davenport, 27, of Murphysboro, Justin L. Stokes, 30, of Anna, and Heidi R. Libbert, 29, of Grand Tower, appeared in federal court on a one-count superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
The alleged violation took place between 2009 and Feb. 16, 2011, in Jackson and Union counties. Two additional co-defendants, Eddie O. Allen III, 33, of Grand Tower, and Joshua G. Taylor, 32, of Murphysboro, are scheduled to make their initial appearances on the federal charge on April 12, 2011, in Benton.
The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release and a fine of $2,000,000. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation is being conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted during the investigation
The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.