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2/12/2013 2:14:00 PM
Poaching charge leads to rural meth-lab bust
By DAILY NEWS STAFF


Area authorities have been busy with meth-related cases in the past week.

A rural Oblong man was arrested on a meth manufacturing charge after law enforcement searched his residence Thursday morning.

Shane M. Babbs, 26, was wanted on two charges: a Jasper County charge of obstruction of justice and an Illinois Department of Conservation Police charge of illegal taking of game.

Those departments and Crawford County Sheriff's deputies went to Babbs's home to arrest him, Crawford County Sheriff Todd Liston said.

When they searched the home, officers unexpectedly found a complete meth lab, Liston said.

Babbs and Kent D. Wilson, 48, Newton, were arrested at the home. Wilson was charged with unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials.

Babbs was in Jasper County Jail today and Wilson was in Crawford County Jail.

Meth and other charges are pending against Babbs, Liston said.

Martin A. McGuire, 34, Lawrenceville, was recently sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year mandatory supervised release.

Lawrence County State's Attorney Chris Quick said McGuire was sentenced by Judge Robert Hopkins in Lawrence County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursor, a Class 2 felony, on Feb. 14.

McGuire's guilty plea stemmed from an incident which occurred on Jan. 12. Quick said court costs were also imposed. McGuire was represented by attorney Daniel Shinkle.

Four Richland County residents have been indicted on federal drug charges.

Timothy L. Garrard, Brian Kelly Jenner and Jeffrey T. Wimberly, all of Olney, Carol R. Wille, Noble, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Benton last week, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Garrard, 32, faces three counts. Count 1 charges that for about 13 months, beginning in October 2011, Garrard conspired to manufacture methamphetamine. Count 2 charges he possessed pseudoephedrine, "knowing and having reasonable cause to believe" that it would be used to make meth. Count 3 charges that on Nov. 4, Garrard possessed with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing hydrocodone.

On Count 1, Garrard faces penalties of up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release. On Count 2, Garrard face up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine and up to four years of supervised release. On Count 3, Garrard faces up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $500,000 fine and at least two years of supervised release.

Jenner, 50, faces two charges. Count 1 charges that from April 2010 to September 2012, Jenner conspired to make more than 50 grams of meth. Count 2 charges that from April 23, 2010, to Sept. 13, 2012, Jenner possessed pseudoephedrine, knowing it would be used to make meth.

On Count 1, Jenner faces between five and 40 years imprisonment, a maximum $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release. On Count 2, he could get up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and up to four years of supervised release.

Wimberly, 45, was indicted on one count. It charges that from February 2011, to on or about October 2012, he conspired to manufacture more than 50 grams of meth. Wimberly faces between five and 40 years imprisonment, a maximum $5 million fine and at least four years of supervised release.

Wille, 44, also faces one charge. It claims that from Jan. 10, 2010, to June 1, 2012, Wille possessed pseudoephedrine, knowing it would be used to make meth. She faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and up to four years of supervised release.

The investigation in these cases was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Richland County States Attorney's Office, and the Clay County States Attorney's Office.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George A. Norwood.





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