(EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) — On June 6, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted a 34 year old Chester man for a methamphetamine offense. The indictment was announced Wednesday by Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Jason M. Stoker was charged in a one-count indictment for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred between June 2016 and October 31, 2016, in Randolph County. An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury. The methamphetamine offense carries a maximum penalty of 5-40 years of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and a $5,000,000 fine. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Chester Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Marshals Service. The Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorneys Adam E. Hanna and Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.