Southern Illinois man facing 40 years in federal prison on meth indictment

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 49-year-old Southern Illinois man has been indicted in federal court for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Monday.

James Lynn Wagner, of Madison County, was charged in a one-count indictment of knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred on or about February 27, 2014, within the Southern District of Illinois. Wagner made his initial appearance and arraignment in federal court on May 1, 2015, in East Saint Louis. He is temporarily detained in the custody of U.S. Marshals until his detention hearing set on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

The methamphetamine offense carries a statutory mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment and carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years’ supervised release, and an $8 million fine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI).

The case is assigned to Special Assistant United States Attorney Vanessa T. Lu for prosecution.