Two Jackson County Residents Sentenced On Methamphetamine Offense

(BENTON, IL) –Two Carbondale men were recently sentenced in U.S. District Court for their involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy. U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says 45-year-old James Scott Rankin and 50-year-old Thomas A. O’Grady had previously pled guilty to the one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Rankin and O’Grady were sentenced to prison terms of 84 months and 132 months, respectively. Both men were also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following the prison sentence and were each fined $200. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Rankin and O’Grady were involved with others in the unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. The offense occurred between 2010 and May of last year in Jackson, Williamson, Union and Franklin counties. Twelve co-defendants have previously been sentenced for their involvement in the methamphetamine conspiracy.