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April 8, 2011

A Creal Springs man was sentenced on April 7, 2011, in United States District Court in Benton, Ill.-, after previously pleading guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Vernon D. Colbroth, age 34, of Creal Springs, Ill.-, was sentenced to 200 months’ imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and was fined $200. The violation occurred between January 2008 and February 2009, in Williamson County. At his change of plea hearing, Colbroth admitted that he was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The factual basis for the plea also established that, during a February 13, 2009, pursuit with police officers, Colbroth fled on foot after crashing his vehicle into a tree. At the time of the pursuit, Colbroth had been transporting an air tank containing anhydrous ammonia, which began leaking after the crash. At sentencing, the district court found that Colbroth was responsible for the manufacture of at least 600 grams of methamphetamine. Additionally, Colbroth’s offense level was enhanced based on the unlawful discharge of anhydrous ammonia during the February 13, 2009, incident.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Creal Springs Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and Southern Illinois Enforcement Group. The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of illegal drugs and guns.

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



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