PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria, Illinois man, Russell N. Clemens, 42, of the 4000 block of North Brandywine Drive, was sentenced on July 21, 2022, to 10 years in the Bureau of Prisons, followed by 5 years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
At the sentencing hearing before US District Court Judge James Shadid, the government presented evidence that, during an investigation, the Peoria Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) obtained a search warrant for Clemens’ car and apartment. The search of the car revealed a total of 548.8 grams of 97% pure methamphetamine, more than $5,000 in cash, and a drug ledger. The master bedroom of the apartment contained drug ledgers and a digital scale. Clemens admitted to selling methamphetamine since May 2020 and that he was buying pound amounts of methamphetamine.
Clemens was indicated in May 2021 and entered a plea of guilty in December 2021. He has remained in the custody of the US Marshals Service.
The statutory penalties for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine are 10 years to life of imprisonment, followed by 5 years to life of supervised release, and up to $10 million in fines may also be imposed.
The Peoria Police Department and the DEA investigated the case with assistance of the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office. Assistant US Attorney Keith Hollingshead-Cook represented the government in the prosecution.
This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF)’s National Methamphetamine Strategic Initiative, spearheaded locally by the DEA. The primary goal of this initiative is to address methamphetamine trafficking and its attendant consequences by using a coordinated, multi-agency approach targeting the highest levels of drug trafficking leadership. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.