An Altamont man has pleaded guilty to drug distribution. 46-year-old Ricky T. Garner will now be sentenced in September after pleading guilty Tuesday to the charge of possession of alpha-PVP with intent to distribute.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois explained that “Alpha-PVP” is a prohibited controlled substance very similar to methamphetamine. It is chemically similar to methamphetamine and produces similar effects when ingested.
According to evidence introduced at Garner’s plea hearing, Illinois State Police troopers stopped Garner’s truck near Beecher City, Illinois on October 1 of last year. Garner was arrested because of outstanding arrest warrants. Police found 70 grams (2½ ounces) of alpha-PVP near Garner in the truck.
Garner faces maximum penalties of not more than 20 years imprisonment; a fine of not more than $1,000,000.00; and a term of not less than 3 years of supervised release.
The investigation which resulted in Garner’s arrest and conviction was conducted by an Illinois State Police Swat Team based in Effingham.