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|8 More Local Residents Charged in Federal Meth Investigation
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 7/13/12 More local residents are facing federal charges as part of an ongoing regional investigation into a dangerous and illegal drug.
U.S. Attorney for Central Jim Lewis announced Friday in Monmouth that eight people -- mostly from Monmouth and Galesburg -- were indicted May 17th by a federal grand jury on a single charge each of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine, as part of the fed's ongoing "Operation Saddle-Up."
Lewis says for communities like Monmouth and Galesburg, there's a lesson to be learned.
"Taking these people out of your community, taking the leaders of methamphetamine work in these communities -- taking them out of circulation -- gives your community an opportunity that I hope your community will seize, to put together a healthier and safer environment for everyone," Lewis said.
Lewis and other officials declined to talk about too many specifics of the case, but say if convicted, each of the 8 could face anywhere between 10 years and Life in prison.
Of the eight, one -- 48-year old Brian Brentise -- was just arrested Sunday on local charges after meth was allegedly found on him near the Public Square.
Another -- 51-year old Leslie Morrison, believed to be from Galesbug -- is still wanted, so anyone who might see him is asked to call police or CrimeStoppers.
(U.S. Attorney for Central Illinois, Jim Lewis [standing at podium] is flanked Friday at the Monmouth Police Department by, from left to right: Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen, Monmouth Police Deputy Chief Joe Switzer, Illinois State Police Lt. Jeff Jacobs, Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards, and Warren County State's Attorney Albert "Chip" Algren. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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