Metro-East News

‘Ice’ dealer sentenced to prison in Southern Illinois

A 35-year-old Benton man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine “ice” to people throughout Southern Illinois.

Kyle D. Osburn pleaded guilty in October 2017, according to a release from Donald S. Boyce, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Police began a yearlong investigation into Osburn in 2016 and determined that he, along with several others, was selling methamphetamine in Benton and Franklin counties.

Several undercover buys were conducted, the release stated, where law enforcement officers purchased “ice” from Osburn. On Dec. 31, 2016, officers purchased the drug from Osburn, and then they searched his home. They found over an ounce of “ice,” the release stated.

Methamphetamine ice is a potent, smokable form of the drug, according to Narconon International. The drug is referred to as “ice” because it looks like rock candy or a chip of ice.