News Release
February 1, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Bethalto Woman Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Conspiracy

FEB 01 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on January 29, 2010, BECKY D. MORGAN, 48, of Bethalto, Illinois, pled guilty to a one count indictment, charging her with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The violation took place between August 2006 and October 2008, in Jackson, Williamson, and Union Counties, Illinois. MORGAN’s offense carries a potential penalty of 5-40 years’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and a fine of up to $2,000,000. MORGAN is currently scheduled to be sentenced on May 17, 2010.

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 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 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.