A Johnston City man was sentenced Monday to federal prison on methamphetamine offenses, according to a news release from Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Julian V. Rodriguez, 22, who had previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of methamphetamine, was sentenced 188 in prison, four years of supervised release and was fined $400.

The release states that the offenses occurred between December 2016 and Jan. 23, 2017, in Williamson County. Evidence at the plea and sentence hearings established that Rodriguez was involved with co-defendant Johnathan Long and others in the distribution of ice and marijuana.

On Jan. 22, Rodriguez sold ice, which is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 8 percent, to a confidential source, who was working for law enforcement. When agents executed a search warrant at the Johnson City residence of Rodriguez and Long, they recovered multiple firearms, more than 200 grams of ice, cannabis and a large amount of U.S. currency.

At sentencing, the judge found that Rodriguez was responsible for the distribution of 1.13 kilograms of ice and 224.9 kilograms of marijuana.

Long has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the methamphetamine and firearm offenses and is currently being held without bond pending a Jan. 30, 2018, sentencing hearing.

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