Two arrested in Centralia drug sweep plead guilty in federal court

EAST ST. LOUIS — Two Centralia residents who were arrested in January as part of a meth ring have pleaded guilty in federal court.

Daniel Gadzik (Source: MCSO)
Daniel Gadzik
(Source: MCSO)

Daniel Gazdik, 51, and 34-year-old Sara Rose Davis, were two of 18 arrests made in Marion County following a yearlong investigation into meth sales and manufacturing in the community.

According to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Gazdik and Davis pleaded guilty in federal district court yesterday to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine as charged against them in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in December 2014.

Gazdik also pleaded guilty to two counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine and another count of Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine. The offenses took place in Marion and Clinton Counties.

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The Conspiracy carries a penalty of not less than 5 years, up to 40 years in federal prison, up to a $5 million fine, and at least 4 years of supervised release. Each charge of Distribution of Methamphetamine carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, up to a $1 million fine, and not less than 3 years of supervised release.

Sara Rose Davis (Source: MCSO)
Sara Rose Davis
(Source: MCSO)

The charge of Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

Each charge carries a special assessment of $100. Sentencing is scheduled for September 4, 2015, for Gazdik and August 28, 2015, for Davis.

Information leading to the charges against Gazdik and Davis 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.