News Release
February 24, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Jackson County Resident Indicted for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

FEB 24 - (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on February 17, 2010, DREW A. SEIBERT, age 34, of Desoto, Illinois, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, in a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. The violation took place between January 2007, and December 5, 2009, in Jackson County.

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. SEIBERT made his initial appearance in federal court on February 23, 2010, and is currently being held without bond pending a February 26, 2010, detention hearing.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County
Sheriff’s Office and Murphysboro Police Department pursuant to those agencies’ participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. 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. In addition, the Jackson County States Attorney’s Office assisted throughout the investigation.

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