Three plead guilty to federal meth conspiracy indictment

Three people from southern Illinois have pleaded guilty in federal court to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Court records indicate 38- year-old Brant A. Sizemore and 37-year-old Clinton Waters, both of DuQuoin, and 36-year-old Jamey A. Carson, of Pinckneyville, pleaded guilty Friday.

The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between 2012 and September 2014, in Perry, Jackson, Randolph, Williamson, and Franklin Counties.

Evidence at the plea hearings established that Sizemore, Waters, and Carson were involved with each other and with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

They are all being held without bond pending May 22, 2015, sentencing hearings. The offense carries a penalty of a term in federal prison of up to 20 years, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Murphysboro Police Department, and DuQuoin Police Department.

The Pinckneyville Police Department and Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted in the investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.