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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Richland County Man Indicted on Methamphetmine-Related Charge


A Richland County, Illinois man was indicted on April 3, 2018, on a methamphetamine- related charge, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Justin R. Mason, age 35, of Olney, Illinois was the only defendant named in the one-count Indictment, which charges that from August 2017, until on or about March 7, 2018, in Richland County, and elsewhere, Mason conspired with others to knowingly and intentionally distribute methamphetamine. The Indictment further alleges that the conspiracy involved fifty (50) grams or more of methamphetamine (Ice), or five hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.

If convicted of the charge, Mason faces 10 years to life imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and supervised release of not less than 5 years.

An Indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

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