The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Ronald Terry, 32, of St. Louis, MO, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury for three counts of distribution of heroin. Each charge carries maximum penalties of 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
The indictment alleges the offenses occurred between July 2, 2015, and July 8, 2015, in St. Clair County. Terry was arrested by a criminal complaint and made his initial appearance in federal court on July 17, 2015. Terry is detained in federal custody pending trial.
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 United States must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Illinois State Police, and the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Agency. This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Vanessa T. Lu.