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

Carterville Residents Sentenced For Roles In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

MAY 24 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on May 17, 2010, BECKY D. MORGAN, age 48, of Carterville, Illinois, and her son, CORY M. STEARNS, age 23, of Pomona, Illinois, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Benton, Illinois. MORGAN and STEARNS had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment, charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. MORGAN was sentenced to 135 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400. STEARNS was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and was fined $500.

The conspiracy operated in Jackson, Williamson, and Union Counties, Illinois, between August 2006 and October 2008.

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, the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group (SIEG) and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

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