News Release
December 12, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Murphysboro Illinois Men Sentenced For Roles In Methamphetamine Conspiracy

DEC 12 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 12, 2008, Jeffry L. McCOMB, age 41, and Nicholas A. WALKER, age 28, both of Murphysboro, Illinois, were sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. Both McCOMB and WALKER had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. McCOMB was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and was fined $750. WALKER was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, 5 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400.

The investigation established that from at least October 2005 through May 14, 2007, McCOMB, WALKER, and others were manufacturing methamphetamine in Jackson, Williamson, and Perry Counties. Eight co-defendants have previously been sentenced to imprisonment for their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy. One co-defendant has pled not guilty and is awaiting a February 9, 2008, jury trial.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, United States Marshals Service and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Jackson County Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. The goal of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative is to remove illegal guns and drugs from our communities. Under the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors are working together to prosecute drug dealers, felons in possession of firearms, and criminals that use firearms to commit violent offenses or drug trafficking offenses in the system that will get them the most time. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the investigation.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.