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Illinois Man Sentenced To 235 Months

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Antwon Willis, 46, of Richton Park, Illinois was sentenced before Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, for conspiracy to distribute Heroin.

On May 26, 2016, Willis was sentenced to 235 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release following a five day jury trial that concluded with guilty verdicts on February 5, 2016. 

According to documents filed in this case, from 2009 up to and including October 2014, Willis knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed with other persons to distribute over 100 grams of heroin in the Northern District of Indiana and elsewhere.   Willis, who lived near Chicago, mainly used intermediaries to distribute heroin in LaPorte County, Indiana as well as Hammond, Indiana and Eastern Illinois.  At the sentencing hearing held on May 26, 2016, the judge found that Willis was responsible for distributing at least 18 kilograms of heroin.  The conspiracy involved locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana.

United States Attorney Capp said, “Our federal, state and local partners work closely together with my Office to locate the distributors of this highly addictive, dangerous drug and prosecute them.  Even if someone lives in another community, or even another state, when heroin is sold in Indiana we will pursue the people who are responsible.  We will continue to devote resources through prosecution and community training to curb this epidemic.”

"Heroin traffickers ruin lives, families and communities, by causing overdose deaths and spikes in violence.  The DEA along with its local partners are committed to stopping anyone who exploits addiction and make our neighborhoods less safe.  The success of this investigation is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts of DEA and the Michigan City Police Department", said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Greg Westfall of DEA's Indianapolis District Office.

This case was prosecuted as a result of an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of Michigan City and Portage, Indiana Police Departments.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Schaffer.

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Updated May 26, 2016

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