Six Facing Federal Meth Charges


By WSIL Manager

WSIL -- Six southern Illinois residents have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth.

James Scott Rankin, 44, and James C. Leming, 53, both of Carbondale, Larry E. Recar, 38, and Amye L. Sandidge, 29, both of Murphysboro, Daniel J.E. Overmyer, 23, of Carterville, and Dawn Unterfer, 44, of Gorham, were indicted in early June by a federal grand jury.

Prosecutors say the crimes occurred between 2010 and May 2014 in Franklin, Jackson, Union and Williamson counties.

All six are being held without bond pending a detention hearing Thursday. Each faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Two co-defendants have previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Five other co-defendants have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

The investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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