Springfield man facing charges for distributing heroin
A grand jury today returned an indictment that charges Jeremy Outland, of Springfield, Ill., with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in the Springfield area from November 2016 to November 2017. In addition, Outland is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Outland, 39, of the 800 block of S. Martin Luther King Drive, was previously arrested and charged by federal criminal complaint on Dec. 1. According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Outland allegedly made regular trips to Chicago to pick up heroin which he then sold in the Springfield area.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Schanzle-Haskins ordered that Outland remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The DEA; Springfield Police Department, Pro-Active Crimes Unit; Illinois State Police; and, the Decatur Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the statutory penalty for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin is five years to 40 years in prison; for possession with intent to distribute heroin the penalty is up to 20 years in prison.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.