Skip to main content
Press Release

Mother And Son Indicted On Heroin And Drug House Charges

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 Deborah A. Perkins and Douglas W. Oliver have been indicted by a grand jury for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, and Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of the residence at 20 Kassing Drive in Fairview Heights, IL, which Perkins owns.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Wigginton stated, “My Office is determined to continue its anti-heroin initiative with every legal means we have. That includes, when appropriate, seeking the forfeiture of real property which has been used to facilitate heroin trafficking.”

Perkins, 65, and her son, Oliver, 46, were arrested on January 21, 2013, following the filing of a criminal complaint. After a bond hearing on January 25, 2013, Perkins and Oliver were ordered detained (held without bond) pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

According to the indictment filed on February 5, 2013, Perkins and Oliver are alleged to have conspired to distribute heroin between 2010, and 2013. The indictment alleges that the two distributed “in excess of one kilogram of heroin” during that time period. (A “kilogram” is equal to 2.2 pounds.) The indictment further alleges that Perkins and Oliver possessed heroin for distribution on January 21, 2013, the day of their arrest. Finally, the indictment alleges that Perkins and Oliver maintained a drug house at 20 Kassing Drive, Fairview Heights, for the purpose of distributing and using heroin between 2004, and 2013.

Perkins and Oliver also face pending state charges for Concealment of a Death. Those charges involve the death of Jessica M. Williams in the spring of 2012. Police discovered Williams’ body in Washington Park, IL several weeks after her death.

The investigation which resulted in the arrest and indictment of Perkins and Oliver was conducted by Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Fairview Heights, IL Police Department. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for trial.

Updated February 19, 2015