News Release
October 27, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314) 538-4660

Golconda Illinois Woman Sentenced To Prison On Methamphetamine Convictions

OCT 27 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 24, 2008, Amy J. STANTON, age 34, of Golconda, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. STANTON, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment, three years supervised release, and was fined $350. A codefendant has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Evidence supporting the guilty plea and sentencing established that between at least January 2007, and March 13, 2008, STANTON and others were supplying pseudoephedrine pills to others to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in Union County , Illinois.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time.

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