St. Louis man sentenced in methamphetamine conspiracy

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – A 61-year old St. Louis man was sentenced last week to more than 10 years in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution ring, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald Boyce said Monday.

According to court documents, Gary Skinner pleaded guilty August 24 to one count of with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of meth.

Between May 2015 and October 2015, Skinner and a co-defendant, identified as Brandon “Dubb” Watson, had an arranged deal in which Skinner would bring several ounces of high purity meth to Watson, which Watson would then go and sell.

“Ice” refers to meth with a purity level of at least 80 percent. Investigators determined the methamphetamine being sold by Watson and Skinner had a purity level of 98 percent.

Skinner was arrested October 26, 2015 during a traffic stop. Officers searched vehicle and found Skinner was in possession of more than 200 grams of ice, which equals a little less than half-a-pound.

Skinner was sentenced to 121 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

Meanwhile, Watson was sentenced to 151 months in prison for his role in the distribution ring.