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Altamont Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Distribution Charge

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

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Ricky T. Garner, age 46, of Altamont, Illinois, pled guilty on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to a federal indictment charging him with Possession of alpha-PVP with Intent to Distribute.

Garner is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on September 16, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

"Alpha-PVP" is a prohibited controlled substance very similar to methamphetamine. It is chemically similar to methamphetamine and produces similar effects when ingested.

According to evidence introduced at Garner’s plea hearing, Illinois State Police troopers stopped Garner’s truck near Beecher City, Illinois on October 1, 2014. Garner was arrested because of outstanding arrest warrants. Police found 70 grams (2½ ounces) of alpha-PVP near Garner in the truck.

Garner has been continuously confined since his arrest last October.

At his sentence hearing in September, Garner faces maximum penalties of not more than 20 years imprisonment; a fine of not more than $1,000,000.00; and a term of not less than 3 years of supervised release.

The investigation which resulted in Garner’s arrest and conviction was conducted by an Illinois State Police Swat Team based in Effingham, Illinois.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.

Updated June 2, 2015