Mt. Vernon man pleads guilty to making meth during sting operation

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 46-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, after he was videotaped trying to make methamphetamine during an apparent sting operation.

Roy E. Baker pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court to unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, a Class 1 felony. As part of a plea agreement, Baker pleaded guilty to three other meth-related felonies stemming from incidents in 2013 and 2014, in exchange for conditional discharge sentences that will run concurrent to his prison term.

Baker was also ordered to serve two years of mandatory supervised release after his release from prison.

He was arrested by police in September 2014, when he attempted to “cook” a batch of meth after someone else tried to buy some from him.

That person was a confidential source working with the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division, according to a news release from the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s Office.