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Local Men Face Federal Prison for "Meth" Offense

April 24, 2012

Two southern Illinois men were sentenced 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 20, 2012, Patrick W. McLane, 30, of Jonesboro, was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400. Michael J. Crowden, 27, of Gorham Murphysboro, was sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300. Evidence offered at the plea and sentencing hearings established that McLane and Crowden were involved with others in the manufacture, distribution, and use of methamphetamine. The offense occurred between 2009, and April 6, 2011, in Jackson, Union, Randolph, and Williamson Counties. Eleven co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Five 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 States 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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