Altamont man first of 27 from area to plead guilty to federal drug charges

According to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, a 28-year-old Altamont man pleaded guilty Tuesday to all drug related charges against him in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

Travis Cole Maxfield (Courtesy MCSO)
Travis Cole Maxfield
(Courtesy MCSO)

Travis Cole Maxfield pleaded guilty to Count 1- conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine from October 2013 through May 2014 in St. Clair, Clinton, and Marion counties; Count 2- manufacture of methamphetamine on February 26, 2014, in St. Clair County; Count 3 – distribution of methamphetamine on March 5, 2014, in Marion County; and Counts 9 and 10 – possession of a listed chemical (pseudoephedrine) knowing or having reason to know that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine. All offenses are violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Count 1 carries a maximum penalty of not less than 5 years, up to 40 years in federal prison, a $5 million fine, and at least 4 years’ supervised release.

Counts 2 and 3 carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and not less than 3 years’ supervised release.

Counts 9 and 10 carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years’ supervised release. All counts require an assessment of $100.

Information leading to the charges against Maxfield was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, the Centralia Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Mt. Vernon Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.

According to Deputy Detective Ryan Castleman with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Maxfield is the first of 27 defendants to plead guilty.