Meth trafficking leader sentenced to 30 years in Prison

Meth trafficking leader sentenced to 30 years in Prison

Travis Tuggle, 38, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his leadership role in a network that trafficked highly pure ‘ice’ methamphetamine in East Central Illinois. U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid sentenced Tuggle on Feb. 18. 2020. The judge gave the sentencing to the government’s recommended sentence, 360 months, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release upon completion of the prison term.

According to court documents, Tuggle had pleaded guilty on Sept. 20, 2019. He pleaded that he is responsible for the distribution of more than 45 pounds of highly pure ‘ice’ methamphetamine. The distributed ice is valued at more than 1 million dollars at the time. The ice was distributed to drug users in Coles County from late 2013 through early 2016.

In 2013, when Tuggle began introducing ‘ice’ to this rural market, the meth available to most rural East Central Illinois users was typically impure locally manufactured methamphetamine. Tuggle started the drug trafficking conspiracy while incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2012. Once he got out on parole, he began recruiting accomplices.

The several accomplices he recruited had a history with manufacturing methamphetamine and knew local users in and around Coles County. Using the drug couriers from Chicago, he imported the methamphetamine to his Mattoon residence. The meth was transported by the couriers in spare tires and trap compartments, among other concealment methods.

His conspirators dealt the drug at wholesale and retail levels as he handled the money and dealt with his supplier and couriers. Tuggle even hired a woman to help him count the drug sales money. Some of the conspirators who helped Tuggle in this entire operation were Joshua Vaultonburg, Ryan Gaines, Casey Hughes, Brian Fuller, Anthony Gordon, Douglas Hatten, Timothy Whitmore, Clifford Colbert, and Juan Manuel Meza-Nunez.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Two Thomson Penitentiary Inmates Sentenced to Additional Prison Time for Assaulting Another Inmate
ROCKFORD — Two Thomson Penitentiary inmates have been sentenced to additional prison time for assaulting another
Florida Man Sentenced to Prison After Traveling to Edwardsville to Cash Counterfeit Checks Using Stolen Identities
BENTON, Ill. – Elvin Lugo-Cales, 47, of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced today to 51 months
St.Louis Man Sentenced to 12 Years In Prison For Enticing Illinois Minor, Traveling to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct
Belleville,  Ill.  –  Earlier  today,  Joseph  L.  Hughes,  a/k/a  “Joe  King,”  29,  of  St. Louis,
Two Federal Defendants Indicted on Charges Related to Attempted Escape from Sangamon County Jail
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Two federal defendants who were housed at the Sangamon County Jail, in
Rockford Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Cocaine and Illegally Possessing Firearm
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee
Child Sex Crimes Lands 36-year old 90 Years in Prison
36-year-old Gary L. Boyle of Decatur, Illinois has been sentenced to 50 years in federal
Former Metro East Elementary School Principal to Serve Prison Sentencing for Embezzlement
Former Principal of St. John the Baptist Elementary School in Smithton, Illinois Roy Joseph Monti
Federal court sentences Alton man to 87 months over firearm possession charges
Matthew L. Richardson, a 32-year-old Alton man, has been sentenced to more than 7 years
Chicago convicted felon sentenced to 11 years in prison for gun possession charges
Ramone Shaffers, a convicted felon from Chicago, has been sentenced to 11 years in federal
Turkey sentences controversial TV personality and religious preacher to over 1000 years in prison
A Turkish court sentenced 64-year-old Adnan Aktar, a controversial TV personality, to over 1000 years