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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 24, 2014

Makanda Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Offense

On November 19, 2014, George G. Oliver, 56, of Makanda, was sentenced on a methamphetamine violation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Oliver, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $600. The offense occurred between 2009 and October 2013, in Union and Jackson Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Oliver was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Oliver stole anhydrous ammonia and also obtained pseudoephedrine pills from others to use to manufacture methamphetamine. During an October 17, 2013, search warrant at Oliver’s Makanda residence, investigators located anhydrous ammonia and other methamphetamine-making materials. At sentencing, the district court determined that Oliver was responsible for approximately 1.49 kilograms of methamphetamine. Co-defendant Toni Johnson was previously sentenced to 87 months in prison for her role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Co-defendants Sommer Koons, April Elliot, and Travis Sanders have pled guilty to their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, Carbondale Police Department, and Union and Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Offices assisted in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015