News Release
February 20, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Superseding Indictment Names Additional Defendants in Illinois Methamphetamine Conspiracy

FEB 20 --BENTON, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 5, 2008, Robert N. THIES, a/k/a “Boog,” age 30, Ryan E. PHOENIX, age 24, Shawn D. TAYLOR, age 35, all of Ava, Illinois, Sharon K. McCOMB, age 33, of Campbell Hill, Illinois, Nicholas A. WALKER, a/k/a “Red Fox, age 27, of Murphysboro, Illinois, Kimberly D. DAHN, age 34, of Percy, Illinois, and Jeffery L. McCOMB, age 40, of Chester, Illinois, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, in a one-count fourth superseding indictment, charging them with conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Jeffery McCOMB was added as a defendant by the fourth superseding indictment to those previously indicated.

The violation is alleged to have taken place between October 2005, and May 14, 2007, in Jackson, Williamson, and Perry Counties. One co-defendant has already been sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Two co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. The offense carries a penalty of between 5 and 40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000 and a term of 4 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, United States Marshals Service and pursuant to their participation in the Jackson County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for for prosecution.