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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Perry County Man Sentenced On Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On February 14, 2014, Virgil L. Easton, of Cutler, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Easton had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, which occurred between January 2011, and January 2013, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Easton was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $200. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Easton obtained and provided over 70 grams of pseudoephedrine for use during the manufacture of methamphetamine. Thirteen co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, the Percy Police Department, the Murphysboro Police Department, the Sparta Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

Updated February 19, 2015