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Brown County Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Timewell, Illinois man, Thomas L. Langan, 58, of the 1800 block of East Street. has been sentenced to 60 months for possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

At the sentencing hearing, the government presented evidence that the defendant sold 100% pure methamphetamine from his residence in Brown County on multiple occasions, culminating in a search warrant of the residence resulting in federal prosecution. The months long investigation also resulted in the forfeiture of Langan’s residence by the Brown County State’s Attorney, due to its use in the trafficking of methamphetamine. Evidence was also presented that Langan had a prior conviction from Brown County relating to manufacturing methamphetamine at the residence in 2013.

Langan was indicted in May of 2022 and pleaded guilty in September of 2022. He has been detained by the United States Marshals Service since his arrest.

The statutory penalties for distribution of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine and  possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine are not less than five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison, at least 4 years of supervised release, and up to a $5,000,000 fine. The statutory penalties for distribution of methamphetamine are up to 20 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release, and up to a $1,000,000 fine.

“Ice methamphetamine’s rampant use in Central Illinois places a burden on everyone. Our society’s health care systems, social services, law enforcement, and the community, have suffered the devastating impact of pure methamphetamine on communities in Central Illinois,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Seberger. “I would like to thank the local, state, and federal agencies for their cooperative and dedicated efforts in this successful prosecution.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Illinois State Police West Central Illinois Task Force investigated the case with assistance from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Brown County State’s Attorney. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah E. Seberger represented the government in the prosecution.

Updated February 28, 2023

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