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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 20, 2015

Murphysboro Resident Sentenced For Methamphetamine And Crack Cocaine Offenses

On February 19, 2015, Harold Lawayne Barron, a/k/a “Wayne,” 51, of Murphysboro, Ill., was sentenced for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy and a crack cocaine conspiracy, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Barron, who had previously pled guilty to the two-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, was sentenced to 156 months in prison, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Barron was involved with Jamie Kay Kelly, a/k/a “Jamie K.” and others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine offense occurred between August 2012, and October 2013, in Jackson and Perry Counties. Barron was involved with Kelly and Maurice L. Robinson, a/k/a “Ray Ray,” and others in the distribution of crack cocaine. The crack cocaine offense occurred between May 2013, and September 2013, in Jackson County. At sentencing, the district court found that Barron’s offenses involved at least 177 grams of pseudoephedrine and 64 grams of crack cocaine. Kelly and Robinson were previously sentenced to imprisonment terms of 84 months and 87 months, respectively, for their roles in the drug offenses.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated March 3, 2015