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Two county residents go to prison for meth

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Two Fayette County residents have been given lengthy prison terms after being convicted of drug offenses in federal court.

Randy G. Massey, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced at the end of last week that Randy A. Brown and Jackie G. Richards were sentenced for their roles in a drug conspiracy in Fayette, Clinton and Madison counties from may 2004 through November 2006.

Brown, 50, of Ramsey, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also fined $425 and ordered to pay restitution of $2,812 to the Drug Enforcement Administration for expenses incurred in cleaning up a methamphetamine lab in his home.

Richards, 35, of Shobonier, was sentenced to 7 years in prison and three years of supervised release. She was also fined $750 and ordered to pay a $10 special assessment.

Massey said that three co-defendants have pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced on April 21.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kit Morrisey.

Massey said the arrests and convictions of these individuals are part of an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine-manufacturing activity in Fayette County and other parts of the Southern District of Illinois.

The investigation is being conducted by the DEA, Fayette County Sheriffs Office and other local law enforcement agencies, in cooperation with Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel.

The investigation is being conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative, a cooperative effort of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and state and federal prosecuting authorities.