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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 1, 2014

Murphysboro Woman Sentenced For Methamphetamine Offense

On July 31, 2014, Toni J. Johnson, 33, of Murphysboro, was sentenced on a methamphetamine violation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Johnson, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $250. The offense occurred between 2009 and October 2013, in Union and Jackson Counties. Evidence at Johnson’s plea and sentencing hearings established that she was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Johnson stole anhydrous ammonia and obtained pseudoephedrine pills, herself, and from others to use during the manufacture of methamphetamine. During a February 2013, search of Johnson’s Carbondale hotel room, agents located an oxygen tank containing anhydrous ammonia, along with other methamphetamine-making materials. At sentencing, the district court determined that Johnson was responsible for approximately 200 grams of pseudoephedrine, which was possessed for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Two co-defendants have pled guilty to their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing. Two co-defendants have pled not guilty and are awaiting jury trial.

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 County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

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

Updated February 19, 2015