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Quincy, Illinois, Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine

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

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Quincy, Illinois, man, Michael Bell, 39, of the 800 block of North 8th Street, was sentenced on November 18, 2022, to 120 months’ imprisonment for distributing methamphetamine in Quincy.

At the sentencing hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough, the government presented evidence that on August 30 and September 2, 2021, Bell knowingly and intentionally distributed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual), a Schedule II controlled substance. Bell has multiple prior drug convictions.

Bell was indicted in October 2021 and pleaded guilty in July 2022. He has remained in the custody of the United States Marshal since his arrest.

The statutory penalties for distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) are up to life imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and up to a life term of supervised release.

The West Central Illinois Task Force, Quincy Police Department, and Illinois State Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.

The case against Bell is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated November 22, 2022

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