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Dupo man sentenced for drug house operation

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(KMOV) – A Dupo man was sentenced Monday to 78 months in prison after being convicted by a jury on federal charges surrounding a drug house operation.

Jacob Nelson, 32, of Dupo, was sentenced Monday to 78 months in federal prison according to Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

A jury convicted Nelson of three federal charges on April 11, 2013, following a four day trial.

The jury found Nelson guilty of maintaining drug-involved premises at his home in the one hundred block of North Third Street in Dupo, Ill. 

Furthermore, the jury also found Nelson guilty of unlawfully possessing two firearms.  However, Nelson was acquitted on a fourth charge of distributing heroin with death resulting. 

At his jury trial in April, Nelson’s neighbors testified that he had sold heroin, cocaine and marijuana “24/7” between July 2010 and July 2011.

Nelson has been confined since his arrest in February, 2012.

Upon his release, Nelson will be required to complete a term of three years of supervised release.

Additionally, Nelson was ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, and to pay special assessments of $300.

The investigation which resulted in Nelson’s arrest, conviction and sentence was conducted by the Columbia, IL Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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