Marion Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy
On October 30, 2012, a Marion, Ill. man was sentenced in U.S. District Court on a one-count indictment, charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Robert L. Pearson, 33, of Marion, was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $200. The conspiracy offense occurred between 2008, and January 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin Counties. Pearson was given 15 months credit for time served on a related state methamphetamine case. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Pearson was involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine with others. In addition to participating in methamphetamine cooks, Pearson also supplied pseudoephedrine pills to others for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Six co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Murphysboro Police Department, Marion Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, Carrier Mills Police Department, Harrisburg Police Department, and United States Marshals Service.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.