Fairview Heights man pleads guilty in St. Clair County heroin scandal

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on August 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 8:56 AM

(KMOV) – A Fairview Heights man pled guilty in court Wednesday following the investigation of a Metro-East heroin scandal involving the overdose deaths of two females and courthouse figure.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced Wednesday that Douglas W. Oliver, 47, of Fairview Heights, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and maintaining drug-involved premises.

According to United States Attorney Stephen Wigginton, Oliver is scheduled to be sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, on December 13, 2013

Deborah Perkins, Oliver’s mother and co-defendant, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 6, 2013.  According to court documents, Perkins pled guilty on August 1, 2013.

Oliver and his mother, Perkins, have also agreed to forfeit the residence they once shared at 20 Kassing Drive in Fairview Heights.

During the change of plea hearing, Oliver admitted to selling heroin to both Jesse Williams and Jennifer Herling shortly before each died.

Williams reportedly visited Oliver at 20 Kassing Drive on an undetermined date in March 2012.  Oliver and Perkins both admitted that Williams died as a result of ingesting heroin in their home, and that they arranged for her body to be transported to East St. Louis.

According to authorities, officers discovered Williams remains two weeks after her death.

Williams, who also went by “Jesse James,” died at the age of 30.

Herling died of a heroin overdose while visiting Oliver at 20 Kassing Drive during the night of September 28-29, 2012. 

Herling was 20-years-old when she died.

According to court documents, a stipulation of facts filed during the time of Oliver’s plea indicated his connection to a person identified in the St. Clair County Courthouse investigation.

When sentenced, Oliver will face no less than twenty years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The investigation which resulted in the convictions of both Oliver and Perkins was carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fairview Heights Police Department, the Madison

 

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