Centralia man pleads guilty to drug and weapon charges in federal court

Centralia man pleads guilty to drug and weapon charges in federal court

A 48-year-old Centralia man has pleaded guilty in federal court to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine and heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and unlawful use of a firearm by a felon.

The US attorney’s office says the conspiracy involving David Herron occurred from March 2018 to April 2019.

Court documents revealed that an FBI Task Force investigated Herron’s narcotics trafficking activities in the Centralia area for several months leading up to his arrest in April 2019. During that time, Herron was out on bond in two separate pending drug-related cases in Marion County. Herron was distributing methamphetamine and heroin from 2 locations in Centralia a residence and a mobile home. At the time of his arrest, Herron was in possession of methamphetamine and heroin packaged for sale as he left his residence on Hardin Street in Centralia. A search of his residence revealed over 200 grams of 98% pure methamphetamine and a loaded firearm. As a convicted felon, Herron is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The conspiracy and drug charges each carry a penalty of 10 years to life imprisonment and not less than 5 years of supervised release. The firearm charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release. Federal inmates typically serve 85% of their prison term.  Supervised release follows completion of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for December 19, 2019, at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis.

Herron has been detained in the federal system since his April arrest. The US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois says the FBI’s Task Force continues its investigation into narcotics trafficking and related activities in the Marion-Clinton-Washington County areas.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the FBI Task Force include the Centralia Police Department, the Carlyle Police Department, and the Marion, Clinton, and Washington County Sheriffs’ Offices. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.