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Centralia, IL man sentenced to 7 years on drug charges


A Centralia, Illinois man has been sentenced to seven years in prison on drug charges.

Brian Lee Fear, 40, was sentenced to seven years in prison, four years of supervised release, a $500 fine and a $300 special assessment.

According to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Fear was sentenced after he pleaded guilty on May 27 to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth, possession of equipment, chemicals, products and materials with intent to manufacture meth, and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture meth.

According to court documents, from about December 2012 to February 21, 2014, in Marion, Clinton and Jefferson Counties, Fear and others worked together to make meth to support their drug habits and to make extra cash.

Court documents state that Fear made meth using the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method, and used as many as 30 people to get pills containing pseudoephedrine for use in the production process.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, assisted by the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team and the Centralia Police Department.

The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kit Morrissey.

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