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Press Release

Man Sentenced In Heroin Case

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

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Ben Scott was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis to 120 months in prison, supervised release after prison for 8 years, an $800 fine, and $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton commented that, “These severe federal prison sentences should put drug dealers on notice that they peddle heroin at their own risk, and those risks are considerable. This prosecution and sentencing is only one aspect of our ongoing anti-heroin initiative.”

According to public documents filed with the Court, Scott was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents on June 12, 2012, on information that he was returning from Chicago, IL with large amounts of Heroin. DEA agents stopped Scott’s vehicle in Madison County and found 200 grams of heroin in Scott’s 82-year old grandmother’s purse, who was traveling in the same vehicle as Scott.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in the Southern District of Illinois and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Jungmin Lee.

Updated February 19, 2015