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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Williamson County Resident Sentenced for Methamphetamine and Firearm Offenses


On March 2, 2018, Summer B. Kirby, 28, of Johnston City, Illinois, was sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine and firearm offenses, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today.

Kirby, who had previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and using or carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense was sentenced to a total sentence of 140 months of imprisonment and four years of supervised release. The offenses occurred between 2015 and April 2017, in Williamson and Franklin Counties. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Kirby and co-defendant Clay Kirby were involved with other persons in the distribution of ice in southern Illinois. Ice is methamphetamine, which has a purity level of at least 80 percent. On multiple occasions, the defendants sold ice to a confidential source working for law enforcement. During an April 2017 traffic stop in Johnston City, Summer Kirby was in possession of a loaded firearm. Officers also located methamphetamine, drug scales, and a large amount of U.S. currency in the vehicle. At sentencing, the district court found that Summer Kirby was responsible for the distribution of 735 grams of ice. Co-defendant Clay Kirby was previously sentenced to 188 months of imprisonment for his role in the ice conspiracy.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Johnston City Police Department and Marion Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

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Updated March 5, 2018