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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 29, 2016

St. Louis Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Offense

On August 24, 2016, Gary M. Skinner, 61, of St. Louis, was sentenced for his involvement in a methamphetamine offense, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.

Skinner, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment, 4 years supervised release, and was fined $200.00. The offense occurred between May 2015 and October 26, 2015, in Williamson and Massac Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Skinner was involved with co-defendant Brandon L. Watson, a/k/a "Dubb," and others in distributing methamphetamine, in the form of "ice." Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. Skinner was delivering multi-ounce amounts of ice to Watson for distribution in the Metropolis area. On October 26, 2015, Skinner’s vehicle was stopped on I-57 in Williamson County for a traffic violation. During a vehicle search, officers located over 200 grams of ice, which Skinner was going to deliver to Watson in Metropolis. Later laboratory analysis confirmed that the ice had purity levels between 98% - 100%. At sentencing, the district court determined that Skinner was responsible for the distribution of more than 907 grams of ice. Co-defendant Watson was previously sentenced to 151 months imprisonment for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Illinois State Police, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Massac County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 29, 2016