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Peoria man receives 20-year prison sentence on drug-related charges


PEORIA (WEEK) -- A Peoria man has received the maximum sentence of 20 years for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl along with possession of heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute.

David D. Major, 51, of the 1400 block of East Forest Hill, was found by District Judge James Shadid to have obstructed justice when he attempted to tamper with a witness prior to sentencing, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

Shadid also determined that Major is a career offender with prior convictions -- including aggravated kidnapping and unlawful delivery of heroin.

At his sentencing hearing, the government presented evidence that an overdose death occurred in Pekin in December 2018.

Evidence further established that Major bought the heroin and fentanyl in Chicago and transported it to Peoria where it was distributed.

According to evidence presented, during February and March 2019, Major transferred nearly $10,000 to his drug supplier for the purchase of drugs. according to the DOJ release.

Major pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in February and March of 2019 and two counts of distribution of heroin in February 2019 in Tazewell and Peoria counties.

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