(BENTON, IL) — On November 5, 2015, Jeremey A. Phillips, a/k/a “Jeremy Phillips,” 28, of Marion, pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced Tuesday. The offenses occurred between 2012 and February 2015, in Williamson, Jackson, and Jefferson Counties. Evidence at the plea hearing established that Phillips was involved with others in obtaining pseudoephedrine and manufacturing methamphetamine. Phillips is currently being held without bond pending a March 8, 2016, sentencing hearing. At that time, Phillips faces 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 Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Marion Police Department. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.