EAST ST. LOUIS — A Pontoon Beach man was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for distribution of methamphetamine.
In a press release, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Michael J. Murphy, 35, pleaded guilty to the federal charge on Oct. 16 and has since been in federal custody.
According to evidence presented at a change of plea hearing, Murphy sold approximately two ounces of methamphetamine to a police informant for $3,800 on Dec. 11, 2013, near a tavern in Granite City.
Charged along with Murphy was a co-defendant, Shawn A. Thompson, who supplied the methamphetamine to Murphy. Thompson has also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on March 17.
The investigation which resulted in Murphy’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Garrison.