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Herrin Man Sentenced On Heroin Offenses

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

On February 10, 2016, James N. Taylor, a/k/a "James Taylor, Jr.", "James Taylor, II," and "Oolie," 47, Herrin, Ill., was sentenced for heroin offenses, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today.

Taylor, who had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years’ supervised release, and fined $400.00. The offense occurred between 2014 and July 2015, in Williamson County. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Taylor was involved with others in the distribution of heroin. On June 25, 2015, and June 26, 2015, Taylor sold heroin to a confidential source working for law enforcement. During a July 1, 2015, search of Taylor and his Herrin residence, agents located pre-packaged heroin and pre-recorded buy money. Upon his arrest, Taylor admitted that he was involved with others in the distribution of heroin. At sentencing, the district court found that Taylor was responsible for the distribution of approximately 248 grams of heroin and 10 grams of crack cocaine.

The investigation was conducted by the Southern Illinois Enforcement. The Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Amanda A. Robertson for prosecution.

Updated February 17, 2016

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