News Release
February 03, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Dongola Illinois Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

FEB 03 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on January 30, 2009, Larry W. FERGUSON , age 55, of Dongola, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. FERGUSON , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment, 3 years’ supervised release, and was fined $300.

Evidence supporting the guilty plea and sentencing established that between at least January 2007, and March 13, 2008, FERGUSON and others were manufacturing methamphetamine in Union County, Illinois. A co-defendant was previously sentenced to 42 months’ imprisonment for her role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 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.