Southern Illinois man charged in federal court with meth-related offenses

BENTON — A federal grand jury in Benton has charged a Franklin County  resident with methamphetamine related offenses.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, Carl L. Darnell was charged Wednesday in a nine-count indictment with possessing pseudoephedrine pills intending that they be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

f convicted, Darnell faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine as to each count. Darnell appeared in court and was ordered held without bond after the Court advised him of his rights and at the completion of a detention hearing.

The investigation in this case was conducted by, the Illinois State Police, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Sesser, Illinois, Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Energy, Illinois Police Department, the West Frankfort, Illinois, Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.