Centralia couple pleads guilty to federal meth conspiracy charges

EAST ST. LOUIS– According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, a Centralia man and wife have pleaded guilty to federal methamphetamine conspiracy charges against them.

Stephen R. Wigginton  announced today that 32-year-old  Franklin J. Johnson, and his wife, Deanna A. Johnson, both of Centralia, pleaded guilty Thursday, to all charges brought against them in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

The Johnsons were both charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1), Distribution of Methamphetamine (Counts 2 and 3 for Franklin, and Count 3 for Deanna), and Possession of Chemicals, Products and Materials with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine (Count 4). The Conspiracy operated from January 2014, through August 13, 2014, in Clinton and Marion Counties. The remaining crimes took place in Marion County.

Count 1 carries a penalty of not less than 5 years, and up to 40 years in federal prison, not more than a $5 million fine, and at least 4 years’ supervised release to follow imprisonment. 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. Count 4 carries 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 Franklin and Deanna Johnson was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. The Marion County State’s Attorney’s Office supported the investigation and prosecution. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.