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East Peoria Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

PEORIA, Ill. – An East Peoria, Illinois, man, George L. Guynn, 61, of the 800 block of Meadow Avenue, was sentenced on April 27, 2023, to 10 years in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute at least 5 grams of methamphetamine.

At the sentencing hearing in front of United States District Judge James E. Shadid, the government presented evidence that Guynn sold methamphetamine on two occasions in June and July of 2022. For the first sale, he provided 55.6 grams of 99% pure methamphetamine. For the second sale, he provided 28.1 grams of methamphetamine that was 96% pure. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents then obtained a search warrant for Guynn’s apartment. When agents searched the apartment in August 2022, they found under Guynn’s bed 46.577 grams of methamphetamine that was 89% pure. They also found paraphernalia related to drug trafficking, including digital scales and plastic baggies.

A complaint was issued in August 2022, and Guynn was arrested on a federal warrant. He was later indicted. He pleaded guilty in November 2022. He has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest.

The statutory penalties for possession with intent to distribute at least 5 grams of methamphetamine (actual) are 5 to 40 years’ imprisonment, followed by a four-year to life term of supervised release.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office, and Western Illinois Transnational Organized Crime Task Force investigated the case, with assistance from the Monmouth Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Galesburg Police Department, and U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Hollingshead-Cook represented the United States in the prosecution.

Updated April 28, 2023

Drug Trafficking