Franklin County Man Sentenced to 20 Years on Methamphetamine Related Charges
Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that a Benton, Illinois man received a 20-year sentence in Federal Court for methamphetamine-related offenses. Kyle D. Osburn, 35, received the sentence after a sentencing hearing conducted earlier today.
Osburn was convicted in October of 2017, following a guilty plea to an indictment alleging he conspired with others to sell the "ice" form of methamphetamine in the Benton and surrounding Franklin County area. Law enforcement officials with several agencies conducted a year-long investigation during 2016 into Osburn’s activities which culminated in his arrest, charges, conviction and sentencing. The facts developed during the investigation, and established during the proceedings, showed that a group of individuals located in the Southern District of Illinois, were engaged in the acquisition and distribution of the "ice" form of methamphetamine. Several law enforcement officers participated in multiple controlled purchases of "ice" from Osburn. Some of those transactions occurred at Osburn’s Benton residence. After a transaction occurring on December 13, 2016, law enforcement agents executed a valid search of the Defendant’s residence and discovered over an ounce of "ice’ methamphetamine.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, Illinois State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Franklin County States Attorney’s Office and the Benton Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas E. Leggans.