News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Murphysboro Illinois Man Sentenced For Role In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

DEC 10 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 10, 2008, Christopher R. SIDES, age 32, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. SIDES, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 249 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release, and was fined $600.

Evidence supporting the guilty plea and sentencing established that between at least February 2005, and June 2007, SIDES and others were manufacturing methamphetamine in Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin Counties. One co-defendant has previously been sentenced to 247 months imprisonment for his involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in the Southern District of Illinois. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.