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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Perry County Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Offense

On June 29, 2016, Christopher R. Pelate, 34, of Pinckneyville, was sentenced for a methamphetamine offense, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

Pelate, who had previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, was sentenced to 110 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and fined $200.00. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Pelate was involved with others in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Pelate provided pseudoephedrine for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Pelate also distributed methamphetamine, in the form of "ice." Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. At sentencing, the judge found that Pelate was responsible for the distribution of 35 grams of ice and 7.78 grams of pseudoephedrine. The offense occurred between 2013 and June 2015, in Perry, Jackson, and Randolph Counties. Eight co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their role in the drug conspiracy.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Mascoutah Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, DuQuoin Police Department, Pinckneyville Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph and Perry County State’s Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation.

Drug Trafficking
Updated June 30, 2016