Drug Enforcement Administration

St. Louis

William J. Callahan, Special Agent in Charge

July 29, 2015

Contact: SA John Leonard

Phone Number: 314-538-4600

DEA Announces Sentencing Of Two Locals For Meth

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - The DEA today announced that two local residents, James C. Leming, 54, and Dawn E. Unterfer, 45, both of Carbondale, IL, were sentenced for their involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

Leming and Unterfer, who had previously pleaded guilty to the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, were sentenced to 87 months and 78 months in federal prison, respectively. Both were also placed on three years’ supervised release and fined $300. The offense occurred between 2010 and January 2014, in Jackson, Williamson, Union, and Franklin Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Leming and Unterfer were involved with each other and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Both co-defendants purchased pseudoephedrine for others to use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. At the sentencing hearings, the district court found that Leming was responsible for the illegal possession of 229 grams of pseudoephedrine and that Unterfer was found responsible for the illegal possession of 253 grams of pseudoephedrine. Seven co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Three co-defendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
This DEA investigation also included the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, and Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

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