SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A Williamson County man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to a total term of 144 months in prison for methamphetamine and firearm offenses.

According to court records, 41-year-old Johnathan D. Long will also do four years of supervised released following his time in prison.

Long had previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, one count of distribution of methamphetamine, and one count of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. The offenses happened between December 2016 and Jan. 23, 2017 in Williamson County.

Evidence at the plea and sentence hearings established that Long was involved with co-defendant Julian Rodriguez and others in the distribution of ice. Ice is methamphetamine which has a purity level of at least 80 percent.

On Jan. 20, 2017, Long sold ice to a confidential source that was working for law enforcement. At the time of the drug sale, Long was armed with a firearm. When agents executed a search warrant at the Johnston City home of Long and Rodriguez, they recovered multiple firearms, over 200 grams of ice, cannabis and a large amount of U.S. currency. At sentencing, the judge found that Long was responsible for the distribution of approximately 907 grams of ice.

Long received a sentencing enhancement for maintaining a residence for the distribution of drugs. Co-defendant Rodriguez was previously sentenced to 188 months of imprisonment for his involvement in the methamphetamine and firearm offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.