Mt. Vernon man facing 20 years following federal meth conviction

BENTON — A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man is facing up to 20 years in prison, after a federal jury in Benton found him guilty in a

Robert Tate (Source: MVPD)
Robert Tate
(Source: MVPD)

methamphetamine conspiracy.

Robert A. Tate was found guilty in a two-day federal trial, of knowingly conspiring to manufacture meth and knowingly and intentionally distributing meth.

Sentencing for Tate is scheduled for August 5, in the U.S. Courthouse in Benton. The investigation leading up to Tate’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Mount Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office joint Narcotics Division.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood under the office of United States Attorney Stephen Wigginton for the Southern District of Illinois.