Southern Illinois man pleads guilty to heroin charges

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BENTON, IL (KTVI) – A 47-year-old Herrin, Illinois pleaded guilty last week to charges in connection with a heroin distribution ring, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.

According to court documents, the crimes occurred between 2014 and 2015 in Williamson County.

Prosecutors said that in June 2015, James Taylor (aka “Oolie”) sold heroin to a law enforcement source. Authorities later went to Taylor’s house with a search warrant and found pre-packaged heroin and pre-recorded “buy money.” After his arrest, Taylor admitted to his involvement in the heroin ring.

Taylor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin.

Taylor faces up to 20 years in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine, when he’s sentenced on February 10, 2016.