News Release
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Eight out of Nine Franklin County Area People Indicted are Arrested on Methamphetamine Conspiracy Charges

APR 15- (ST. LOUIS, MO) - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri and Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke announced the arrests and indictments of nine people for their alleged manufacture of methamphetamine between 2006 and the present time in various areas of Franklin County. Eight of the defendants were arrested this morning by officers from the Franklin County Narcotics Task Force, St. Clair Police, Union Police, Sullivan Police, U.S. Marshals and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Sean James Dace, 42, St. Clair, MO;
Jacob Daniel Jones, 22, St. Clair, MO;
Dana Kay Banderman, 31, St. Clair, MO;
Richard Harold Kopf, 42, St. Clair, MO;
Nicholas William McFerrin, 28, St. Clair, MO;
Johnny D. Herrington, 49, St. Clair, MO;
Sherry Renee Herrington, 37, St. Clair, MO;
David Lee Sohn, 28, St. Clair, MO; and
Clarence Robert Spear, 36, St. Clair, MO.

All defendants were arrested this morning except Clarence Robert Spear, who is in state custody.

Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA St. Louis Division stated, "These arrests should serve as a warning to anyone engaged in the deadly practice of making methamphetamine. Criminals should remember that no matter how committed they are to sidestepping the law, we are equally dedicated to finding them and locking them up."

The defendants were indicted on one felony count each of conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. If convicted, the conspiracy count carries a penalty range of five to 40 years in prison and/or fines up to $2 million. Possession of pseudoephedrine carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by the Franklin County Narcotics Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Antoinette Decker is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.