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      Federal meth sentencing part of Operation Saddle-Up

      A federal judge sentenced a Bushnell man to more than five and a half years in federal prison in connection with a methamphetamine ring.

      Travis Raines, 23, was sentenced to 68 months in federal prison.

      Raines was one of more than a dozen people arrested in a federal investigation known as Operation Saddle-Up.

      The investigation focused on methamphetamine manufacturers and traffickers in the McDonough County area.

      Raines was first arrested when the McDonough County Drug Unit raid his family's Bushnell home in February 2013. Investigators uncovered meth-making chemicals and a lab in his home, according to the McDonough County Sheriff's Office.