Crime
5:13 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Pekin man faces federal charges for alleged heroin dealing

  A 22-year-old Pekin man faces federal charges of for a conspiracy to distribute heroin that led to the deaths of three people.  Anthony Mansini is charged with distributing more than 1,000 grams of heroin since 2008.  The federal indictment says he belonged to a heroin conspiracy that killed three people last year.  Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson says the case is significant: “It’s big for Pekin because we were able to arrest somebody that we could show is responsible for deaths, and since that arrest we have not had any deaths.  Herin is back, it’s cheap, it's potent and dengerous.  It’s not just here it’s all over,” Nelson says. Mansini faces anywhere from 20 years to life in prison if convicted. His trial is set for May 6th. Law enforcement officials also announced federal charges for three area residents with the armed robbery of a convenience store in Washington last summer.