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

Guilty Pleas In Fayette County Methamphetamine Case

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, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, East St. Louis, Illinois, Donald R. SCHULTZ, age 52, of Vandalia, Illinois, and David M. MURRAY, age 55, of Ramsey, Illinois, each pleaded guilty to a Superseding Indictment charging them with Conspiracy to Manufacture, Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of Methamphetamine.

The statutory penalty applicable to SCHULTZ and MURRAY is not less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, up to a $4 million fine, and a term of supervised release of not less than 5 years. Sentencing is scheduled for both defendants on February 20, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Nine co-defendants have previously pleaded guilty and been sentenced in this case.

According to the Superseding Indictment and to other court documents, the conspiracy operated in and around Fayette, Clinton, and Madison Counties, and elsewhere in the Southern District of Illinois, from approximately May 2004 through November 2006.

This investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing activity was primarily conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and was conducted in cooperation with Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.