News Release
August 26, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Vandalia, Illinois Man Sentenced for Role in
Methamphetamine Conspiracy

AUG 26 -- E. St. Louis, IL - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on August 22, 2008, Brenton D. BLISS, age 38, of Rural Route 3, Vandalia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court, East St. Louis, Illinois, to 151 months imprisonment in the United States Bureau of Prisons and 8 years supervised release to follow imprisonment, for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1). He was further sentenced to 151 months imprisonment in the United States Bureau of Prisons and 6 years supervised release for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 2), the sentences to run concurrently. BLISS was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and a $200 special assessment. The sentence followed BLISS’s guilty plea to the above-named charges on April 10, 2008. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, the conspiracy operated in Fayette County, Illinois, from October 2006 through July 4, 2007, and during that time frame, BLISS traveled to Kansas City to purchase methamphetamine from a source of supply and returned to Fayette County, Illinois, where he distributed it to various customers. On July 4, 2007, a search warrant was executed at BLISS’s residence, and law enforcement officers seized 19.8 grams of methamphetamine which BLISS intended to distribute to others, and a portion of which he had distributed to a minor.

This investigation, and the ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution activities in and around Fayette County, Illinois, is being conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel. The ongoing investigation is conducted as part of the Fayette County Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state and federal law enforcement, and state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of drugs and guns.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kit R. Morrissey.