A Sparta man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 15 years in prison on federal meth charges.

According to a news release from Donald Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Robert J. Smith Jr., 48, was sentenced to 188 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and was fined $400. He had previously pleaded guilty to a one-count superseding indictment charging conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The indictment alleged that the offense occurred between 2014 and September 2016, in Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, and Franklin counties. The news release said evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Smith was involved with numerous other persons in the distribution of ice — a purified form of methamphetamine — in Southern Illinois.

The ongoing investigation is a multi-department initiative including Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Illinois State Police, Sparta Police Department and Southern Illinois Drug Task Force. The Randolph County States Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin, Perry and Saline counties.

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