BELLEVILLE MAN GUILTY IN DEATH OF HEROIN USER
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on May 5, 2011, Scott T. Weldon, 33, of Belleville, Ill.-, plead guilty in federal district court in East St. Louis to a charge of distributing heroin from which a death resulted. Sentencing has been set for August 19, 2011. Weldon faces a possible punishment of a minimum term of twenty years in prison to imprisonment for life, a fine of not more than one million dollars, and a term of supervised release, following prison, of at least three years.
"This prosecution is another step in my ongoing crusade against these drug related overdose deaths," said United States Attorney Wigginton. "Not only will these cases be criminally prosecuted, but since my appointment to this office, I have worked countless hours, held public briefings, taught at training seminars, and spoken to children in our schools about the dangers that all drugs, especially heroin, pose to them. I cannot stress firmly enough that there is an epidemic of heroin abuse flooding through even the most affluent schools and neighborhoods of our communities. I urge parents, educators, and law enforcement to become aware of this problem and to talk to their children and families about this killer that lives among them."
The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison.