Waterloo man facing federal meth charges

A Waterloo man was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in East St. Louis on meth-related charges.

A federal indictment charges Shawn Buckley, 31, of Waterloo, with one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine, said Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

A jury trial was set for Nov. 25. If convicted, Buckley faces 10 years to life in prison on the conspiracy charge and five to 40 years on the distribution charge. Buckley also faces fines of up to $10 million. 

Evidence in this case was obtained during an investigation conducted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division.

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