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Man sentenced to 7 years on meth charges

On Sept. 18, it was reported that a 40-year-old Illinois man who was charged with multiple drug offenses was sentenced to seven years in prison. The man pleaded guilty to the charges on May 27.

The man and several others were accused of making meth in three Illinois counties to support their drug habits between December 2012 and February 2014. It was believed that the accused man used up to 30 different people to get the pseudoephedrine that was used to produce the meth.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth, possession of production materials including chemicals, equipment and products and possession of pseudoephedrine with into to manufacture drugs. In addition to the prison sentence, the man was also sentenced to four years of supervised released after he gets out of prison. He also was required to pay a $500 fine and an assessment fee.

Drug charges can carry heavy consequences if a person is convicted. However, the consequences can depend on the amount of drugs that were seized, whether or not the person was manufacturing and selling the drugs and what type of drug was involved. If the defendant has no prior record, an attorney may have the opportunity to negotiate a sentence that includes addiction treatment. This may reduce the amount of prison time or result in a dismissal of the charges altogether. In some cases, the attorney may devise a strategy that is based upon a challenge to the constitutionality of the search that led to the seizure of the drugs.

Source: KFVS, "Centralia, IL man sentenced to 7 years on drug charges", Amber Ruch, Sept. 18, 2015

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