Shawneetown man pleads guilty to federal drug charges | News
A 37-year-old Shawneetown man has pleaded guilty to federal meth charges.
Michael A. Lovell had been indicted with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine-making materials, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
The methamphetamine offenses occurred between August 2010 and August 7, 2012, in Saline and Johnson Counties. The ammunition offense occurred on May 16, 2011, in Saline County.
Lovell is currently being held without bond pending an October 17 sentencing hearing. At that time, he faces a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, followed by three years supervised release, and a fine of $1,000,000.
The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.