Chicago man pleads guilty to selling heroin in Centralia

BENTON — A 24-year-old Chicago man has pleaded guilty to three counts in a federal indictment charging him with heroin distribution in Marion County.

Marquise Ross was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014 on one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts distribution of heroin on two occasions in July 2014.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $1-million fine and not less than three years of supervised released after leaving prison.

According to court documents, Ross agreed with his co-defendants to distribute heroin for profit in Centralia.

Ross and the others shared a cell phone which customers would contact to order heroin.

While a co-defendant answered the shared cell phone and took the order, Ross or another co-defendant would be sent to complete the transaction with the customer at whatever location was agreed upon.

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