News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

Carterville Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

JAN 22-- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on January 19, 2010, JOSHUA B. DUCKWORTH, age 30, of Carterville, Illinois, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Benton, Illinois. DUCKWORTH, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment, charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and was fined $500.

The violation occurred between August 2006 and October 2008, in Jackson, Williamson, and Union Counties, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, COMIT Drug Task Force, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. 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 in the system that will get them the most time. The Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and U.S. Postal Service also assisted in the investigation.

The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.