News Release
March 22, 2010
Contact: Robert J. Hanson
Number: (314)538-4670

Fairview Heights Man Pleads Guilty In Heroin Overdose Death

MAR 22 -- (East St. Louis, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that CODY J. GRANTHAM, age 19, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, pled guilty on March 22, 2010, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois, to a federal indictment charging “Unlawful Distribution of Heroin, Resulting in Death.”

GRANTHAM is scheduled to be sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis at 11:00 a.m. on July 30, 2010. GRANTHAM faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $2 million, not more than 5 years of supervised release upon release from imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.

According to the indictment, and to evidence presented at his change-of-plea hearing, GRANTHAM distributed heroin to a person in Fairview Heights on October 27, 2009, who ingested the heroin and died on the same day. The victim was 21 at the time of his death.

The investigation that resulted in GRANTHAM’S conviction was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois (MEGSI), and the Fairview Heights Police Department.

The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for prosecution.