News Release
December 17, 2007
DEA Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Illinois Man Sentenced to 115 Months for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine

DEC 17 --BENTON, IL - Randy G. Massey, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that JONATHON COLESON, age 22, of Mill Creek, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. COLESON, who had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 115 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release, and fined $300.

The violation occurred between February 2002, and September 19, 2006, in Union and Jackson Counties of Illinois. Four co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy. One co-defendant is awaiting sentencing after being convicted by a jury.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives pursuant to their participation in the Jackson County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.