Jackson County Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Offense
On February 7, 2017, Lucas L. Holland, 31, of Desoto, was sentenced to federal prison for a methamphetamine violation, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Holland, who had previously pled guilty to a second superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $600.00. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Holland was involved with numerous other persons in the manufacture of methamphetamine and the distribution of ice in Jackson and Perry Counties. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the district court found that Holland was responsible for the distribution of 1.68 kilograms of ice and the possession of 44.4 grams of pseudoephedrine. Two co-defendants were previously sentenced for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Three co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing in this case. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting a February 27, 2017, jury trial.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Murphysboro Police Department. The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, DuQuoin Police Department, Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, and Jackson County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.