Centralia woman gets 70 months in prison on federal meth charges

BENTON — A 34-year-old Centralia woman was sentenced Tuesday to 70-months in federal prison, after she pleaded guilty in May 2014 to charges relating to the production and distribution of methamphetamine.

Jennifer Ann Keller was sentenced for Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine from October 2013 through May 2014 in St. Clair, Clinton, and Marion Counties (Count 1); Manufacture of Methamphetamine from February 21, 2014, through February 26, 2014, in St. Clair County (Count 2); and Possession of a Listed Chemical (Pseudoephedrine) Knowing It Would Be Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine on March 6, 2014, in Clinton County (Count 5). Four co-defendants have pleaded guilty to charges arising out of the same indictment. Two have previously been sentenced and two are awaiting sentencing.

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, says in addition to federal prison sentence, Keller will have to serve 4 years of supervised release, pay a $300 fine and a $300 special assessment.

Information leading to the charges against Keller 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 case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.