Former police department janitor enters guilty plea in meth case

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PEORIA - Authorities say a former Pekin Police Department janitor has pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture and sell methamphetamine.

Stacy Maneno, 39, entered the guilty plea this week.  Authorities say Maneno had worked as a custodian since 1996, and was hired to work at the police department in 2010.

According to Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson, Maneno stole information about her co-conspirators that gathered by federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities during an investigation into methamphetamine cases in Mason and Tazewell counties.

Authorities say Maneno will likely face a near-minimum prison sentence of five years for conspiracy to manufacture the drug, but a federal judge warned her that a longer prison sentence could be imposed.

Maneno is scheduled to be sentenced in April.  A federal judge has allowed her to remain on house arrest until her sentencing date.

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