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A Mount Vernon man has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison for his role in a meth conspiracy in which he tried to distribute the drug in Williamson and Jefferson counties, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Weinhoeft.

Joshua A. Pearce, also known as Josh and Junior, 32, got a 168-month sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The indictment charged Pearce with selling meth in the two counties from 2017 to September 2018. Evidence at Pearce's plea hearing showed that he and others were distributing ice, an extremely pure form of meth. Weinhoeft said in the release that Pearce routinely transported dealer amounts of ice from Mount Vernon to Herrin for sale. The court found that in total, Pearce was responsible for distributing 1.7 kilograms of ice.

— The Southern

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