Johnston City Man Sentenced in Meth Conspiracy

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Johnston City man has been sentenced to just over 16 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine conspiracy.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft, 38-year-old Jackie C. Buckner previously pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The indictment alleged that the offense happened between December 2016 and May 2018 in Williamson County. 

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Buckner was involved with other persons in the distribution of ice. Ice is methamphetamine with a purity level of at least 80 percent. At sentencing, the district court found that Buckner was responsible for the distribution of approximately 615.30 grams of ice.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Energy Police Department also assisted in the investigation.