Anna resident sentenced for meth conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, reports that on Thursday, Jan. 6, Rolla S. McFarland, 43, of Anna, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton.

McFarland, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment, four years of supervised release and was fined $350.

The violation took place between January 2007 and April 2010 in Union, Jackson and Williamson counties.

One codefendant has previously been sentenced for her role in the methamphetamine conspiracy.

One codefendant has entered a guilty plea and is awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Murphysboro Police Department and Anna Police Department.

The investigation was conducted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods DRAGUN Team Initiative.

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

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

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