News Release
January 21, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Carbondale Illinois Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

JAN 21 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 21, 2009, Paul E. CARPENTER, age 57, of Carbondale, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. CARPENTER , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment, 4 years’ supervised release, and was fined $400. The violation took place between May 2006, and March 14, 2008, in Jackson County, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team 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.