Clay County man sentenced to nearly 13 years for federal meth conviction

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 49-year-old Clay County man was sentenced to federal prison on methamphetamine charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced.
On July 23, 2015, Richard H. Barber, of Louisville, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison, three years’ supervised release following his imprisonment, and fined $400.
Barber had previously pleaded guilty to two counts in a federal indictment. Count 1 charged that from June 2014, until on or about October 28, 2014, in Clay County, and elsewhere within the Southern District of Illinois, Barber conspired with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to manufacture a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.
Count 2 charged that on October 28, 2014, in Clay County, Barber possessed equipment, chemicals, products, or materials which can be used to manufacture methamphetamine, knowing, intending, and having reasonable cause to believe, that those items would be used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Flora Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force. The Clay County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.