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Three Pinckneyville residents sentenced for meth crimes

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

Three people from Pinckneyville were sentenced in United States District Court on Tuesday on methamphetamine-related charges. 

Skyler Elder, 25, Joseph D. Smith, 42, and Jamie L. Smith, 34, all of Pinckneyville, were all among those sentenced.

Elder, who had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison, three years’ supervised release, and fined $725.

Joseph and Jamie Smith had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and one count of possessing pseudoephedrine, knowing that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Joseph Smith was sentenced to five years in prison, three years’ supervised release, and fined $825.

Jamie Smith was sentenced to four years and six months in prison, three years’ supervised release, and fined $800.

The offenses occurred between 2012 and December 2014, in Perry, Jackson, Randolph, and Franklin Counties.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Elder, Joseph Smith, and Jamie Smith were involved with others in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Officials say Elder was a methamphetamine cook, while the Smiths and others provided Elder with pseudoephedrine for the production of methamphetamine.

Joseph Smith also allowed co-defendant Herman Sims, Jr., to manufacture methamphetamine at the Smiths’ Pinckneyville home.

At the sentencing hearing, the district judge found that Elder was responsible for the possession of 206.56 grams of pseudoephedrine and that the Smiths were responsible for the possession of 157.6 grams of pseudoephedrine.

Co-defendants Sims and Jamie Trzinski have previously been sentenced to seven years and four years plus nine months, respectively, for their roles in the crimes.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Murphysboro Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, and DuQuoin Police Department.

The Pinckneyville Police Department and Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted in the investigation.

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