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A Benton man will serve 20 years in prison for methamphetamine-related offenses, according to a news release from Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Kyle D. Osburn, 35, was sentenced Thursday, after a guilty plea to an indictment alleging he conspired with others to sell the ice form of methamphetamine in the Benton and surrounding Franklin County area.

The release states law enforcement officials with several agencies conducted a yearlong investigation during 2016 into Osburn’s activities that culminated in his arrest, charges, conviction and sentencing. Several law enforcement officers participated in multiple controlled purchases of ice from Osburn. After a transaction on Dec. 13, 2016, law enforcement agents executed a valid search of Osburn's residence and discovered over an ounce of ice methamphetamine.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, Illinois State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County States Attorney’s Office and the Benton Police Department.

— The Southern


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