Peoria man sentenced to just over 11 years in prison for meth distribution

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Published: Nov. 3, 2022 at 4:16 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - A Peoria man was sentenced Wednesday to 136 months in prison and five years of supervised release after being convicted on two counts of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

At the sentencing hearing for Andrew Scott Howard, 30, of the 1400 block of West Candletree Drive, the government presented evidence that in July 2021, Howard sold 4 ounces of methamphetamine. The completed purchase netted 110.7 grams of actual methamphetamine that tested as 99% pure, according to a Department of Justice release.

Later, in August 2021, Howard again distributed methamphetamine. After analysis, the methamphetamine weighed 106 grams and tested 100% pure. A search warrant was issued early in September 2021 for Howard and his West Maywood residence. Agents found a Smith and Wesson M&P .45 caliber handgun in Howard’s bedroom on the nightstand. The firearm was loaded and had been previously reported stolen. The search also located $1,950 in drug proceeds in the pocket of a coat hanging on the bedroom door.

Howard admitted receiving methamphetamine in pound quantities, for a total of 5 pounds.

The statutory penalties for the distribution of at least 50 grams of methamphetamine are not less than ten years and up to life imprisonment, not more than a $10 million dollar fine, and a minimum five-year to a maximum life term of supervised release.