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Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Offenses

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

Lacey Snead, 52, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty to distribution of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin on September 19, 2016 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Snead was indicted on December 16, 2015. He was charged with participating in a heroin deal that occurred on March 5, 2013, and he was further charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin for an incident occurring on June 18, 2015. Snead was indicted along with two co-defendants, Alfred Vernon Reeves, Jr. and Ciera McNeal, both residents of East St. Louis, Illinois. Reeves, 41, was also charged with distributing heroin on March 5, 2013, and for participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin over a three-year period of time. McNeal, 27, was charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and also for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute on June 18, 2015.

McNeal pled guilty on January 11, 2016, while Reeves pled guilty on May 6, 2016. Reeves faces up to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin, and he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to life for conspiracy. McNeal and Snead face a minimum of 5 to 40 years in prison. The United States Sentencing Guidelines must be considered by the Court during sentencing. Reeves will be sentenced on October 7, 2016. McNeil will be sentenced on December 9, 2016. It is anticipated that Snead will be sentenced in March of 2017.
The investigation which resulted in Snead’s arrest and conviction was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

Updated September 21, 2016

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