News Release
June 30, 2009
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Four Charged in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

JUN 30 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on June 16, 2009, James B. HANSON , age 30, of Christopher, Illinois, Jason A. HANSON , age 26, of Logan, Illinois, Jesse D. MAY , age 24, of Herrin, Illinois, and Robert S. HOUSTON , age 28, of Carterville, Illinois, were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis, Illinois, in a one-count superseding indictment, charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The violation is alleged to have taken place between December 2005 and May 21, 2009, in Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin Counties, Illinois.

The offense carries a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment, a fine of up to $4,000,000, and a term of 5 years supervised release . MAY and HOUSTON made their initial appearances in federal court on June 24, 2009. Jason HANSON is set to make his initial appearance on June 30, 2009. James HANSON was recently arrested in Nevada and will make his initial appearance at a later date.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, COMIT Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.