Seven Indicted on Federal Drug Charges


Published on May 15 2013 10:00 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A federal grand jury in Benton has charged seven individuals with methamphetamine-related offenses.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced those charged with various methamphetamine offenses are: Daniel E. Pickens, 30, of Wheeler, Rachel S. Priest, 37, of Wheeler, Justin Pocrnich, 28, of Wheeler, Deborah S. Rogers, 47, of Wheeler, Kimberly A. Barker (Depoister), 32 of Watson, Joshua R. Rodgers, 22, of Hidalgo, and Savannah L. Ellis, 20, of Newton.

The 26-count indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. All of the defendants are also charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with intent that it be used to manufacture methamphetamine.  Pickens is also charged with maintaining a drug house with Rachel Priest and with several thefts of anhydrous ammonia.

Those charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine face 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. Those charged with the other methamphetamine related offenses also face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, United States Marshals Service, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office; the Effingham County States Attorney’s Office, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper County States Attorney.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tom Leggans.