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Los Angeles, California, Man Sentenced to 144 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A Los Angeles, California, man, Juan Trujillo, 44, was sentenced on November 13, 2023, by Senior U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough to 144 months in prison, to be followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

Trujillo was indicted in March 2019 and pleaded guilty in December 2022.

The statutory penalties for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine are up to life imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000 fine, and up to a life term of supervised release. The statutory penalties for conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin are up to life in prison, up to a $5,000,000 fine, and up to a life term of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Springfield Police Department, Illinois State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.

The case against Trujillo is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated November 17, 2023

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