Justin C. Evans, 26, of Elkville, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The offense occurred between September 2010 and October 6, 2010, in Jackson County.
The conspiracy offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and a term of 4 years’ supervised release. Evans is currently being held without bond, pending a September 19, 2011, sentencing hearing. Two co-defendants, Kenneth D. Harris, Jr., a/k/a “Dean,” 41, of Carbondale, and Jared R. Roberts, 31, of Elkville, have previously pled guilty to their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.
The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The investigation was 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 States Attorney’s Office also assisted during the investigation.