News Release
March 3, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MAR 3 -- EAST ST. LOUIS, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Kevin Scott CLARK, age 50, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, pled guilty on Thursday in United States District Court in East St. Louis to a two count indictment charging him in Count 1, with conspiring to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine in and around Wabash County, and in Count 2, with possessing equipment, chemicals, products, and materials for use in manufacturing methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offenses occurred between October 2005 and December 2006 and was returned by the Grand Jury on December 4, 2007.

As a result of his guilty plea, CLARK faces a sentence of imprisonment of between 5 and 40 years, a fine of up to $2 million, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years following his incarceration on the conspiracy count and an imprisonment sentence of up to 10 years, a fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of 3 years on the chemical possession count. CLARK’s sentencing is set for June 13, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. at the United States District Courthouse in East St. Louis.

The investigation into this case was led by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, the Mt. Carmel Police Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Harrisburg Police Department, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James M. Cutchin.