Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
On December 17, 2015, Thomas H. Schaeffer, 43, of Sparta, was sentenced on a one-count indictment charging Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.
Schaeffer, who had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine offense, was sentenced to 188 months’ incarceration, 4 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400.00. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that, between January 2014 and February 2015, Schaeffer and others were transporting multi-ounce amounts of ice/methamphetamine from Kansas City to southern Illinois. Schaeffer was supplying dealer amounts of the ice/methamphetamine to others in Randolph County. At sentencing, the district judge found that Schaeffer was responsible for the distribution of approximately 2.95 kilograms of ice/methamphetamine.
The investigation was conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Tilden Police Department. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.