Methadone Distribution Charges for Farmersville, Illinois Woman
APR 05 - (Springfield, IL) – Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the DEA, and James A. Lewis, United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Lori D. Langen, 42, of Farmersville, Illinois, with three counts of distribution of methadone, a controlled substance. The indictment alleges that Langen distributed methadone on or about June 6, 2011, in Christian County, Illinois and in Montgomery County, Illinois on August 19, and August 23, 2011.
If convicted, each offense carries a statutory penalty of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1,000,000. The sentence is enhanced to a minimum of 20 years in prison up to a maximum sentence of life, if death or serious bodily injury resulted from use of the substance.
Langen was previously arrested on Mar. 7, 2012, and charged in a federal criminal complaint. On March 8, during her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore, Langen waived her right to both a preliminary hearing and detention hearing. She remains detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
The affidavit filed in support of the federal criminal complaint alleges that Langen distributed methadone to a Christian County woman who died on June 10, 2011. According to the affidavit, the Christian County Coroner’s report determined the cause of death as methadone intoxication and indicated that the deceased woman allegedly did not have a prescription for methadone.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Bohm in cooperation with the offices of the Christian and Montgomery County States Attorneys’ Offices.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Illinois State Police; Central Illinois Enforcement Group; Christian County Sheriff’s Office; Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Stonington Police Department; and Christian County Coroner.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is a determination made by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed by a defendant. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, during which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.