Jackson County Resident Pleads Guilty To Methamphetamine Offense

(BENTON, IL) — On November 5, 2015, Michael F. Halliday, , a/k/a “Micky,” 33, of Elkville, pled guilty to one-count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Tuesday. Evidence at the plea hearing established that Halliday was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The offense occurred between 2013 and June 2015, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Halliday is currently being held without bond pending a February 23, 2016, sentencing hearing. Halliday faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Mascoutah Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, DuQuoin Police Department, Pinckneyville Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph and Perry County State’s Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.