News Release
April 03, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Sentenced Imposed in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

APR 03 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 3, 2009, Shane J. MORGAN, age 35, of Dowell, Illinois, Teddy L. BROWN , age 36, and Bradley S. HOLLAND , age 34, both of Bush, Illinois, were sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. The three co-defendants had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. MORGAN was sentenced to 292 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and was fined $600. BROWN was sentenced to 240 months’ imprisonment, 10 years’ supervised release and was fined $600. HOLLAND was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $600.

The evidence at sentencing established that between at least May 2005, and March 31, 2008, MORGAN , BROWN , HOLLAND and others were involved in the manufacture of more than 5 kilograms of methamphetamine in Jackson and Williamson Counties. One co-defendant was previously sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, COMIT Drug Task Force, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson