Mt. Vernon Register-News


April 18, 2014

Local woman convicted

BENTON — A Mt. Vernon woman has been convicted by a jury on federal drug charges.

Following a two-day trial in Benton, Julia Ann Snow, 52, was convicted on all five counts in a federal indictment, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Count I charged that from on or about June 2010, until on or about Sept. 19, 2012, Snow and others conspired to knowingly and intentionally manufacturing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Count 4 charged that on July 5, 2012, Snow knowingly possessed equipment, chemicals, products or materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Counts 5, 6 and 7 charged that Snow knowingly possessed pseudoephedrine, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that the pseudoephedrine would be used to manufacture meth, on three separate dates — Dec. 16, 2011, Aug. 25, 2011, and July 29, 2010.

Snow faces penalties ranging from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 40 years in federal prison, up to a $5 million fine and at least four years supervised release to follow incarceration.

Snow’s sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 14 in Benton. The trial ended on Tuesday.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George Norwood.

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