Federal prosecutors Thursday announced two sentencings related to methamphetamine distribution in the Granite City area.
In a press release, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Shawn A. Thompson, 39, of Granite City, was sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in federal prison for methamphetamine distribution. He pleaded guilty to the charge Dec. 3, 2015.
At his change of plea hearing, Thompson admitted he and co-defendant Michael Murphy sold a police informant an ounce of methamphetamine for $2,000 in Granite City on Dec. 11, 2013. Thompson also admitted selling methamphetamine twice a week for the four months preceding his arrest.
Thompson’s co-defendant Michael Murphy was convicted and sentenced to 36 months imprisonment in January.
Evidence in support of this prosecution was obtained in an investigation conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The initiative is designed to bring federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle national and international drug trafficking organizations. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In another case, James Wagner, 50, of Granite City, was sentenced to 17 1/2 years for distribution of methamphetamine. Wagner was also sentenced to five years of supervised release once he released from prison. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois intercepted a package containing 213.3 grams of methamphetamine being sent through the United States Postal Service. The package was addressed to a friend of Wagner’s who agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and assist in the controlled delivery. Wagner was arrested after the package was delivered and he was attempting to open it. Wagner had previously pleaded guilty to the charge Sept. 25, 2015.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Illinois State Police Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vanessa T. Lu and Alex Boykin.