Shobonier pleads guilty to federal meth charge

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A Shobonier man pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine charge in federal court last Friday.

Larry G. Tinker, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to A. Courtney Cox, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,

According to documents at the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, a conspiracy operated in Fayette County from October 2006 through July 4, 2007. During that time frame, documents state, Tinker distributed methamphetamine that his source of supply obtained from Kansas City, Mo.

Tinker sometimes provided his source of supply with money to put toward the purchase of methamphetamine, and sometimes provided his source of supply with a vehicle for making trips to Kansas City, Cox said.

The conspiracy ended on July 4, 2007, when Fayette County authorities executed a search warrant at the residence of Tinker’s source of supply, seized methamphetamine and arrested the source of supply.

The source of supply was later convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and a related charge in federal court.

The investigation, which resulted in Tinker’s plea, was conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in cooperation with Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel, as part of the Fayette County Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative.

That initiative is a cooperative effort of local, state and federal law enforcement authorities, along with state and federal prosecuting authorities, aimed at ridding communities of drugs and guns.

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