(BENTON, IL) — A Jefferson County man was convicted on June 2, 2015, on methamphetamine related charges following a two day jury trial, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced Thursday. Robert A. Tate, 31, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was convicted following a two day jury trial on both counts in a federal indictment. Count 1 charged that from February 2013, until on or about June 2014, in Jefferson County, Tate knowingly conspired to manufacture methamphetamine. Count 2 charged that on March 31, 2014, in Jefferson County, Tate knowingly and intentionally distributed methamphetamine. With respect to each Count, Tate faces up to 20 years in federal prison, up to $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release of at least 3 years. Sentencing is scheduled for August 5, 2015, at the United States Courthouse in Benton, Illinois. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Joint Narcotics Unit of the Mt. Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.