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A federal judge has sentenced a Marion County man to 10 years in prison for running a methamphetamine lab last year in the Ocala National Forest.

Robert E. Simmons, 55, was arrested by deputies in March. They seized 170 liquid grams of the substance, lithium batteries, glass containers with chemicals, and plastic tubing after being alerted by a U.S. Forest Service officer who observed suspicious activity at a campsite.

Simmons, who has previous convictions in Marion County from 2005 to 2008 for possessing cocaine and methamphetamine, was charged by federal indictment last July.

In March he pleaded guilty to manufacturing and possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth and possessing equipment and chemicals used to manufacture it.

Simmons was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Antoon II in Ocala federal court late last week. He was also sentenced to eight years of supervised release following prison.

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