News Release
December 30, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Anna Illinois Woman Sentenced in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

DEC 30 -- (BENTON, IL) – A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on December 18, 2008, Leslie A. JONES, age 26, of Anna, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. JONES , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release and was fined $100.

The violation took place between January 2006, and April 5, 2008, in Union, Jackson, and Marion Counties, Illinois. One co-defendant has already been sentenced to 100 months’ imprisonment and two co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 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 Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team also assisted in the investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.