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Clay County Man Sentenced On Methamphetamine Related Charges

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

A Clay County man was sentenced on October 31, 2013, to federal prison on methamphetamine related charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Derek L. Cosner, 32, of Mason, IL, was sentenced to 170 months in prison, four years supervised release following his imprisonment, and fined $500. Cosner had previously pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal indictment. Count 1 charged that from February 2011, until on or about February 7, 2013, in Clay County, Cosner conspired with others known and unknown to the grand jury to manufacture more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Count 2 charged that from February 1-7, 2013, Cosner knowingly and intentionally possessed equipment, chemicals, products, or materials, knowing the items would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force.

The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.

Updated February 19, 2015