Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Troy A. Smith, 45, of Jonesboro, and Jeremiah Lee Jae Sadler, a/k/a "Jeremiah L. Sadler," 37, of Marion, were recently sentenced to federal prison on methamphetamine charges, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Smith and Sadler had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. On December 20, 2016, Smith was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and was fined $200.00. On December 21, 2016, Sadler was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and was fined $200.00. At sentencing, the District Court found Smith was responsible for the distribution of 1.24 kilograms of "ice" and that Sadler was responsible for the distribution of 389 grams of "ice." Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. The offense occurred between 2015 and February 2016, in Union and Williamson Counties.
The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Union and Williamson County States Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation.