Two plead guilty to heroin distribution charges

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – Two men face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine for their roles in a heroin distribution scheme, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said Friday.

According to court documents, 38-year-old Dwayne Thompson of Chicago and 31-year-old Fetara McCarter of Belleville pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to distribute heroin and attempted distribution of heroin. McCarter pleaded guilty September 3 and Thompson pleaded guilty September 4.

Both admitted to plotting to sell heroin in the metro east area during the first half of 2014. A third co-defendant, Robert Murphy, pleaded guilty February 3, 2015, to participating in the same distribution scheme.

McCarter will be sentenced January 12, 2016 and Thompson will be sentenced January 14.