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Southern Illinois woman receives 140 month sentence for distributing meth

(ST. LOUIS) –James Shroba, Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Division Office, today announced that Summer Kirby, 28, of Johnston City, Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, after having previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. Kirby’s sentence, although significant, pales in comparison to her co-conspirator’s sentence of 188 months, handed out to Clay Kirby earlier by the court.

“Meth maintains its presence in the St. Louis Division as a highly addictive and dangerous drug,” Special Agent in Charge James Shroba said. “Due to the outstanding investigative work by our state and local partners, along with DEA’s investigators, we are able to see investigations like this come to a positive conclusion for our neighborhoods and communities.”

During 2015 until April of 2017, in Williamson and Franklin Counties, Illinois, Kirby and her co-conspirators were involved in the distribution of a minimum of 735 grams of crystal meth in the southern Illinois area. During this investigation, Kirby and/or her co-conspirators sold crystal meth to confidential sources working with law enforcement, and she was also found to be in possession of a loaded firearm along with crystal meth, US currency, and other drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. 

This case was investigated by the DEA along with the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Johnston City, Illinois, Police Department and the Marion, Illinois, Police Department.  The investigation was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.


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