Central City Man Sentenced On Meth Charge

(SALEM, IL) — A 35-year-old Central City man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County Court to 7-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the lesser meth-related charge against him. Anthony Johnston was arrested in 2015 when Marion County Sheriff’s deputies went to his Central City home regarding recent purchases of pseudoephedrine. The deputies were given permission to search and reportedly located a meth lab with finished product and the ingredients for a second meth lab. Johnston was arrested and charged with Class X felony manufacture with the intent to distribute more than 900 grams of methamphetamine and Class 1 possession of between 15 and 100 grams of meth. He was initially entered into the Drug Court program, which required him to plead guilty to both charges. However, Johnston reportedly fell out of compliance with his Drug Court agreement, the agreement was vacated, and he pleaded guilty to the Class 1 felony charge. Four others were arrested along with Johnston at his Central City home. Stephanie Miller, who also lived in the home, was charged with similar offenses. She pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony charge and was sentenced to TASC probation and was ultimately released with time served. Quienton Jolliff was charged with similar meth-related charges and pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced to probation and 180 days in jail. Charges against Ryan Jacklin and Chad Culter were dismissed.