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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON
ANNOUNCES A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS THE RISE IN HEROIN OVERDOSE CASES IN THE METRO EAST AREA AND A NEW INITIATIVE OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE CASES INVOLVING DEATHS RESULTING FROM THE DISTRIBUTION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announces that a press conference will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 2:00 pm, at the O’Fallon Police Department in O’Fallon, Illinois.

At that time, United States Attorney Wigginton, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan
Kelly, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and Police Chief Scott Williams
(Collinsville), President of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs’ Association, will address the rise in
heroin related overdoses in the Metro-East area and the formation of a joint Federal and Local
initiative to investigate and prosecute persons who sell or distribute heroin in the Metro-East area.

USA Wigginton will explain the ongoing efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute persons who distribute illegal drugs which result in the death of another, including certain federal statutes that are available to his office which, upon conviction, can result in a federal prison sentence of at least twenty years, all the way to imprisonment for life. USA Wigginton will also discuss the newly formed joint Federal and Local initiative to combat heroin in the Metro East area.

USA Wigginton will discuss an upcoming two-day training seminar that will be held on March 30 and March 31 at the Madison County Administration Building titled “Pharmaceutical Overdose Death Investigation Seminar.” Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn, USA Wigginton, State’s Attorney Gibbons, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have worked together to sponsor this event. The seminar will bring in top DEA investigators and physicians from around the nation.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Kelly and Madison County State’s Attorney Gibbons will discuss the rise in heroin related arrests and prosecutions in their respective counties. They will also discuss the rise in heroin related overdoses as well as the rise in pharmaceutical overdoses.

Police Chief Scott Williams will discuss the rise in heroin in the Metro-East area from the police officer’s perspective and the collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to stop the flow of heroin and reduce the number of heroin related deaths. Chief Williams noted "Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are banding together to fight the resurgent use of heroin throughout the region. In order to combat the problem, the police and prosecutors will be focusing on cases that involve the distribution, possession and use of controlled substances with a particular emphasis on cases involving overdose deaths."

Further details and information may be had by attending the press event tomorrow, Thursday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m., at the O’Fallon Illinois Police Department or by calling the United States Attorney’s Office at 618-628-3700.

 

 

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