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Suburban man indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly importing a fentanyl analogue from China

(CHICAGO) -A south suburban man has been charged with federal drug offenses for allegedly conspiring to import a fentanyl analogue from China into the Chicago area.

In the fall of last year, Sanchez Lackland, 35, of Hazel Crest, imported methoxyacetyl fentanyl from China, according to an indictment returned Wednesday in federal court in Chicago.  Lackland and others had the substances shipped through the U.S. mail to approximately 19 Chicago-area addresses, according to the indictment and a criminal complaint previously filed in the case.  In December, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Lackland’s home and seized quantities of heroin, methoxyacetyl fentanyl and acryl fentanyl, as well as a loaded revolver and approximately $300,000 in cash, the complaint states.

The indictment charges Lackland with drug and firearm offenses.  Lackland is a convicted felon who is not legally allowed to possess firearms.

The indictment was announced by Brian McKnight, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration; John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; James M. Gibbons, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Bill Hedrick, Acting Inspector-in-Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Erskine.

The indictment also charges Jermol Mixon, 35, of Orland Park, with drug and weapons offenses.  On Dec. 12, 2017, law enforcement agents followed Lackland as he delivered a package to Mixon’s home, according to the complaint.  A subsequent court-authorized search of Mixon’s home uncovered quantities of heroin, methoxyacetyl fentanyl, acryl fentanyl, $10,000 in cash and materials used to manufacture drugs, the complaint states. 

During the search of Mixon’s home, agents encountered him in an upstairs room within arm’s reach of a loaded handgun, the complaint states.  Mixon is a convicted felon who cannot legally possess firearms.

Arraignments for both defendants are set for March 14, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues represent the deadly convergence of the synthetic drug threat and the current national opioid epidemic.  The DEA Chicago Division will continue to work with our law enforcement counterparts to attack the violent drug trafficking networks producing, importing, and profiting from these deadly drugs.  The DEA Mission is to protect our communities against narcotics traffickers who prey on those who suffer the scourge of addiction. 


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