PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - A federal grand jury returned two indictments this week charging twelve individuals from the Pensacola area with meth manufacturing conspiracy charges.
US Attorney Pamela C. Marsh announced the indictments against the 12 suspects. These individuals were arrested on federal warrants and made their initial appearances in United States District Court on Saturday.
The 12 suspects, all from are accused of being involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute large amounts of pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth:
- Gregory A. Militello (42)
- Joshua P. Militello (30)
- Nicole D. Jones (32)
- Kirby B. Smith (50)
- James E. Atiabi (35)
- John W. Casey (33)
- Stephanie A. Gunderson (26)
- Jared L. Hester (29)
- Shannon L. Hurd (29)
- Shawn M. King (34)
- Joseph D. Peterson (33)
- Hunter G. Myrick (23)
Officials said their case began on January 1, 2011 and lasted until these 12 arrests.
Pseudoephedrine is a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine. In addition to the twelve individuals arrested on federal warrants, dozens more were arrested on state warrants involving similar alleged activity.
Trial for the federal defendants is set for June. If convicted, each defendant faces up to 20 years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charged in the indictments.
Authorities said Peterson faces a separate mandatory penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment based upon a charge against him involving the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The indictments result from an investigation by agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, and the State Attorney's Office. Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case.
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