A Madison County resident was indicted April 21 for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced Monday.
James Lynn Wagner, 49, was charged in a one-count indictment of knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred on or about Feb. 27, 2014. Wagner made his initial appearance and arraignment in federal court May 1 in East St. Louis. He is temporarily detained in the custody of U.S. marshals until his detention hearing May 6.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
The methamphetamine offense carries a statutory mandatory minimum of five years imprisonment and carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years in federal prison, to be followed by four years’ supervised release and an $8 million fine.
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois.
The case is assigned to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Vanessa T. Lu.