SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Three Jacksonville, Ill., residents made their respective initial appearances in federal court this morning after they were arrested on June 20, 2018. Nathaniel L. Stone, 40, of the 800 block of S. East Street; Jeremie D. Stone, 32, of the 1100 block of S. Diamond Street; and Amber R. Davis, also of the 1100 block of S. Diamond Street, are charged in a federal criminal complaint.
The complaint charges the three with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. In addition, Nathaniel Stone is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm during and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
At today’s court appearance, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins, Jeremie Stone waived detention and preliminary hearing and was ordered to remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Detention and preliminary hearings were continued and are scheduled for Nathaniel Stone on June 27. Amber Davis was released on her own recognizance.
The charges are the result of investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department, DEA, the Central Illinois Enforcement Group, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, for the offenses of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, the statutory penalty is 10 years to life in prison. For possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense, the penalty is a mandatory minimum five years in prison to be served consecutive to any sentence ordered for the related drug offense. Possession of a firearm by a felon carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Members of the public are reminded that a complaint is merely an accusation; each defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.