Heroin Prosecutions Increasing

Megan Lynch

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOX) – Last week, KMOX News told you about a growing heroin crisis in the St. Louis region.

Prosecutors confirm they continue to see more cases.

“In the past you saw… cocaine appeared to the be the drug of choice.  We’re seeing heroin replace that,” says Stephen Wigginton, US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Along with distribution cases, Wigginton’s office is filing more charges against people suspected of supplying the heroin that caused someone’s death.  “Typically what we find is that we have individuals who will give us tips as to where the individual obtained the heroin.” 

The minimum sentence for a heroin-related death charge — 20 years — which Wigginton says is one of the more serious drug charges available.

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