News Release
October 13, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Pomona, Illinois Man Arrested For Conspiracy To Manufacture Methamphetamine

OCT 13 -- (Benton, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today Cory M. STEARNS, age 23, of Pomona, Illinois, was arrested by the United States Marshal’s Service on October 5, 2009, and made his initial appearance in federal court on October 6, 2009. STEARNS is being held without bond pending a February 16, 2009, jury trial. STEARNS was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, on June 2, 2009, in a one-count indictment, charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The alleged violation took place between August 2006 and October 2008, in Jackson, Williamson, and Union Counties, Illinois. The offense carries a penalty of 5-40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,000,000, and a term of 4 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, COMIT Drug Task Force, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson 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 Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and U.S. Postal Service also assisted in the investigation.

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