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Southern District of Illinois

Friday, March 22, 2013

Williamson County Man Sentenced To More Than Twelve Years For Engaging In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

On March 22, 2013, Mitchell R. Owens, 32, of Herrin, IL, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton on a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced.

Owens, who had previously pled guilty to the methamphetamine charge, was sentenced to 151 months (twelve years and seven months) in prison, 8 years of supervised release, and fined $600. The offense occurred between 2010 and January 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, and Franklin Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Owens was involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine. During the conspiracy, Owens participated in numerous methamphetamine “cooks” and also obtained over 124 grams of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Murphysboro Police Department, Marion Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and Mt. Vernon Police Department.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 19, 2015