Eight from Franklin county indicted in federal court on narcotics charges

BENTON — A federal grand jury in Benton has indicted eight Franklin County residents with narcotics-related offenses.

Those charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine are 43-year-old Jonathan Brent Eldridge, of Zeigler, and 27-year-old Jessica R. Ghan, of West Frankfort.

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Five individuals were charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent that it be used for the production of methamphetamine: 30-year-old Kristena J. Grant, of West Frankfort, 25-year-ol Alicia A. Ragan, a/k/a Alicia Geer, of West Frankfort, 26-year-old Crystal G. Geer, of West Frankfort,47-year-old Steven A. Myers, of West Frankfort, and 45-year-old Ronald J. Furmanski, of Benton. Another individual, 35-year-old Joshua L. Parkhill, 35, of West Frankfort, was charged with distribution of heroin.

Those charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine face 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine. Those charged with providing pseudoephedrine pills to others face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Parkhill faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a $5 million fine on his heroin charges. An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Illinois State Police, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, West City Police Department, Sesser Police Department, Christopher Police Department, Zeigler Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tom Leggans.