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Metro-east woman, 61, receives 9-year sentence on drug charges

The woman was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for drug offenses related to distributing methamphetamine and heroin.
The woman was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for drug offenses related to distributing methamphetamine and heroin. AP

A 61-year-old woman from rural Randolph County was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison for drug offenses related to distributing methamphetamine and heroin.

Acting U.S. Attorney James Porter said the defendant, Paula L. Summers, was sentenced in the Southern District of Illinois on Monday.

Porter said Summers, of Percy, previously pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute heroin. Summers was sentenced to nine years and one month in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was fined $400.

Summers and other co-defendants were accused of distributing heroin as well as methamphetamine in the form of “ice” — methamphetamine that has a purity level of at least 80 percent, according to Porter. Porter said the drug offenses occurred between 2013 and June 2015 in Perry, Jackson and Randolph counties.

The investigation was being conducted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Perry County Drug Task Force, Percy Police Department, Steeleville Police Department, Mascoutah Police Department, Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, DuQuoin Police Department, Pinckneyville Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Randolph and Perry County State’s Attorney’s Offices also assisted in the investigation.

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