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Williamson County Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois


On January 24, 2017, and January 26, 2017, Blake R. Gordon, 35, of Marion, was sentenced to a total of 216 months’ in federal prison for methamphetamine violations, Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

On January 24, 2017, Gordon, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 180 months’ incarceration, 10 years’ supervised release, and was fined $500.00. At sentencing, the district court found that Gordon was responsible for the distribution of approximately 170 grams of "ice." Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80%. The offense occurred between August 2015 and December 15, 2015, in Williamson County. Gordon was classified as a Career Offender, based on multiple prior felony drug convictions.

At the time of Gordon’s 2015 methamphetamine offense, he was on supervised release for a 2006 federal conviction for conspiracy to manufacture more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. On January 26, 2017, Gordon’s supervised release was revoked and he was sentenced to an additional 36 months’ imprisonment. The judge ordered that the 36 month sentence be served consecutive to the previously imposed 180 month term.

Co-defendant Shara L. Peyton, a/k/a "Shara Smothers," 39, of Marion, was previously sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment for her role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Herrin Police Department also assisted in the investigation.


Updated January 27, 2017

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