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|Feds Arrest Four For Suspected Meth Lab
|Federal Authorities say they've arrested four people in connected with a suspected methamphetamine lab in Galesburg, and one of them was described as Knox County's "most wanted."
U-S Attorney Jim Lewis announced Thursday that a federal grand jury last month indicted 49-year old Steven Cramer, 31-year old Amanda Jo Davis, 45-year old Lloyd Bell, and 38-year old Jeremy Epperson on charges of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine, and all four could be on trial as son as April 15th.
Knox County Sheriff David Clague told reporters at a news conference Cramer was listed as a violent and dangerous person at the time of his arrest, because of a history of drugs and weapons charges.
"It goes back to the mid/late 90's he was arrested for possession of cocaine at the same time possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, served time in the department of corrections," says Clague. "I think there were incidents prior to that that led to his arrest and future incarceration."
The meth lab was allegedly discovered at Cramer's Abingdon Street home. Charges Knox County prosecutors filed prior to the federal indictments against both Cramer and Davis have since been dismissed.
Davis was released from custody on a recognizance bond, whilt Cramer, Bell, and Epperson all remain in federal custody.
Lewis praised the cooperation between local, county, and federal agencies leading to the arrests. If convicted, the four could each receive 10 years to life in prison.
(Amanda Jo Davis)
(Left to right at a press conference Thursday: Knox County Sheriff David Clague, U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Knox County State's Attorney John Pepmeyer, Galesburg Police Captain Rodney Riggs, Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group Director Rene Sandoval. WGIL News story and photo by Will Stevenson.)
|03 07 13 by Newsroom
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