47-year-old Altamont resident Ricky T. Garner has been sentenced to 41 months(3 years, 5 months) in federal prison for Possession With Intent to Distribute Alpha-PVP.
“Alpha-PVP” is a prohibited controlled substance very similar to methamphetamine. It is chemically similar to methamphetamine and produces similar effects when ingested.
Garner pled guilty to the federal charge in June. At his change of plea hearing, evidence was presented that Garner was arrested near Beecher City, IL, on October 1, 2014. At the time of his arrest, Illinois State Police troopers found 70 grams (2 ½ ounces) of Alpha-PVP next to Garner in the truck he was driving.
Upon release from prison, Garner will also have to serve a term of 3 years on supervised release.
The investigation which resulted in Garner’s arrest and conviction was conducted by an Illinois State Police Swat Team based in Effingham.