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Six indicted on federal meth charges

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Six area individuals were indicted on methamphetamine charges in federal court on Thursday.

A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois said that the following individuals had been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine:

Thomas E. Wilkerson, 46, Shobonier

David M. Fickes, 39, Effingham

David M. Murray, 55, Ramsey

Donald R. Schultz, 52, Vandalia

Billy D. York, 49, Vandalia

Wesley D. Conner, 44, Vandalia

According to the indictment, the conspiracy operated in and around Fayette, Clinton and Madison counties, and elsewhere in the Southern District of Illinois from approximately May 2004 through November 2006.

For the full story, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.