The indictment of a Pekin man on heroin charges leading to deaths has law enforcement officials buzzing.
Anthony Mansini of Pekin has been indicted for heroin conspiracy and distribution. Mansini is accused of selling heroin where 3 people died. One of them allegedly was his girlfriend.
Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson says this is a big case for his city. The Chief says since this arrest, there have been no more heroin deaths in Pekin.
Mansini is indicted on 11 total federal counts. He was arrested with more than 1,000 grams with him. Mansini remains in custody of U-S Marshals.
Tazewell County States Attorney Stu Umholtz says heroin is a problem all over, not just in his county.
U-S Attorney Jim Lewis says law enforcement officials decided to prosecute this case through federal court. Mansini faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted of the charges.
Lewis also wants the public to know heroin is nothing to fool with.
Lewis says anyone using heroin needs to seek treatment, because it can easily lead to death.