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Murphysboro Man Faces Over Twenty Years for Drug Offenses

April 10, 2012

A Murphysboro, Ill., man was sentenced in federal district court on an indictment charging Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

On April 10, 2012, Joshua G. Taylor, 33, of Murphysboro, was sentenced to 262 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, and fined $300. The offense occurred between 2009, and April 6, 2011, in Jackson, Union, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. Evidence offered at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Taylor was involved with others in the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine. The district court found that Taylor was responsible for the manufacture of approximately 1.3 kilograms of methamphetamine and that Taylor sometimes possessed a firearm during his drug involvement. Taylor received an enhanced sentence based on his classification as a Career Offender. Eight co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Nine co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office and United States Marshals Service also assisted during the investigation.

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













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