News Release
June 9, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
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Galatia, Illinois Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine

JUN 9 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jerry L. VINYARD, age 57, of Galatia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. VINYARD , who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment; 10 years supervised release, and fined $250.

The investigation established that from at least 2000 through April 14, 2006, VINYARD and others were manufacturing methamphetamine in Saline and Gallatin Counties. Fifteen co-defendants have previously been sentenced to imprisonment for their role in the methamphetamine conspiracy. The District Court concluded that VINYARD was responsible for helping produce 36.5 kilograms of methamphetamine during the conspiracy.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the Illinois State Police, and the Eldora do, Illinois Police Department, the Harrisburg, Illinois, Police Department, and the Saline County, Illinois Sheriff’s Department. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Thomas E. Leggans for prosecution.