Sandoval woman pleads guilty to federal meth charges

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 62-year-old Sandoval woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to a grand jury indictment charging her with multiple meth-related crimes.
 
Kathy Sue Tomes pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine from February 28, 2014 through October 1, 2014, in Clinton and Marion counties, and possession of a listed chemical, being Pseudoephedrine, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
 
The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of not less than 5 years, but up to a maximum of 40 years in federal prison, a $5 million fine, and at least 4 years of supervised release.  

The possession of a listed chemical charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and not less than 3 years of supervised release.  Both counts require an assessment of $100.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Sentencing is scheduled January 22, 2016.
 
Tomes was one of 16 individuals charged in the same federal indictment that was handed down in December 2014.
 
Information leading to the charges 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, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Mt. Vernon Police Department. Assisting in the arrests were the United States Marshal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Illinois Department of Corrections.