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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Murphysboro Resident Sentenced On Methamphetamine Offense

On December 3, 2014, Gregory A. Emery, 45, of Murphysboro, Ill., was sentenced for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Emery, who had previously pled guilty to the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $200. The offense occurred between 2010 and January 2014, in Jackson, Williamson, Union, and Franklin Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Emery was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Emery was a methamphetamine cook and purchased pseudoephedrine to use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Emery also collected pseudoephedrine from numerous other persons. At sentencing, the district court found that Emery was responsible for the illegal possession of 496 grams of pseudoephedrine. Emery also received an enhanced sentence because he involved a juvenile in the methamphetamine offense. Three co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy. Four co-defendants have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Six co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting jury trial. As to these defendants, they are, of course, presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Carbondale Police Department, Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

Updated February 19, 2015