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Evansville Man, 2 Others, Sentenced for Meth


Christopher Utley, 52, faces five years in federal prison for his role in meth distribution

An Evansville man and two others have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a meth distribution conspiracy. WNIN’s John Gibson has more:

52-year-old Christopher Utley was sentenced to five years in prison plus five years on supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Department of Justice says law enforcement officers executed a warrant at Utley’s Evansville home in May 2021 and found more than 19 grams of meth, digital scales, a pistol, a sawed-off shotgun, and nearly $40,000 in cash.

An Illinois man and another man from Arizona also pleaded guilty in the case and were sentenced to longer prison terms than Utley.

U.S. Attorney Zach Myers says such drug trafficking organizations push deadly drugs into communities to seek profits without regard for the deaths and lasting trauma they cause.

Myers says the convictions and sentences demonstrate that trafficking in the deadly drugs “carries very serious consequences.”