EAST ST. LOUIS — A Granite City man was sentenced Thursday to seven years, eight months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Antonio M. Avila, 46, of Granite City, earlier had pleaded guilty to the federal charge May 14 in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.
At his change of plea hearing in May, the government presented evidence that Avila was arrested June 1, 2013, in Madison in possession of 17 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale. Avila admitted to arresting officers that he had been dealing ounce quantities of methamphetamine in and around Granite City for several weeks.
Avila has been continuously confined in federal custody since December 2014. Upon release from prison, Avila will be placed on supervised release for a term of three years.
The investigation which resulted in Avila’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Madison Police Department and by the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois.
The case was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.