News Release
Date: February 6, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Robert J. Hanson

Southern Illinois Residents Admit Part in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

St. Louis - Two southern Illinois residents entered guilty pleas on February 3, 2012, in federal court in Benton, to an indictment charging them with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, DEA announced today.

Rodney D. Phelps, 40, of Grand Tower, and Justin L. Stokes, 31, of Anna, pled guilty and admitted their involvement in the conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Phelps’ and Stokes’ offense carries a possible penalty ranging from 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and 5 years’ supervised release.

The offense occurred between 2009, and April 6, 2011, in Jackson, Union, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. Evidence offered at the plea hearings established that Phelps and Stokes were involved with others in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Both Phelps and Stokes committed numerous thefts of anhydrous ammonia. Three co-defendants have previously received prison sentences ranging from 70-262 months for their roles in methamphetamine conspiracy. Thirteen co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office and United States Marshals Service also assisted during the investigation.

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