News Release
January 09, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Dongola Illinois Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

JAN 09 -- (BENTON, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 8, 2009, Joshua W. REAMS, age 26, of Boulder, Montana, formerly of Jackson County, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton, Illinois. REAMS , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, 8 years’ supervised release and was fined $200.

The violation took place between May 2005, and March 31, 2008, in the Illinois counties of Jackson and Williamson. Three co-defendants have pled guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, COMIT Drug Task Force, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police, and Drug Enforcement Administration pursuant to their participation in the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative for the Southern District of Illinois. 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 case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson.