Chicago man pleads guilty in federal court to selling heroin in Centralia

A 21-year-old Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin in Marion County.

According to court documents, Dominque Burwell admitted to working with his cousin and a friend between September 2012 and October 2014 to distribute heroin for a profit in Centralia.

In the conspiracy charge, Burwell and the others shared a cell phone which customers would contact to order heroin.

Court documents say Burwell often answered the shared cell phone, took the order, and then sent the others to complete the transaction with the customers and then sent the others to complete the transaction with the customer at whatever location Burwell designated.

The conspiracy charge carries a penalty of between 5 and 40 years in federal prison, and a $5-million dollar fine.

In the distribution charge, Burwell admitted delivering heroin in Marion County on July 20th of last year. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million dollar fine.

Information leading to the charges against Burwell was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI and Marion and Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.