Drug Enforcement Administration

Chicago

Brian M. McKnight, Special Agent in Charge

October 06, 2016

Contact: Special Agent Sharon Santiago

Phone Number: (312) 353-7875

Task Force Arrests Two Involved In Heroin/Fentanyl Overdose Death

CHICAGO - Aaron Moore, 28, of Chicago, IL was arrested in Chicago by agents from the DEA and members of the Oak Park Police Department. He was charged by the Kane County State’s Attorney Office with drug induced homicide for his role in the overdose death of Richard Gregoire. 

Richard Gregoire, a resident of Kane County, Illinois died on April 23, 2016 due to heroin/fentanyl intoxication according to the Kane County, IL Coroner. 

The investigative team had previously identified Moore as a supplier of heroin and fentanyl operating on the west side of Chicago and obtained evidence indicating that Moore supplied the heroin/fentanyl combination that caused the death of Richard Gregoire.  Also arrested yesterday was Catherine Smith, 29, Ottawa, IL who was also charged with drug induced homicide for her role in the death of Gregoire.  Smith was also charged with child endangerment.  

“Too many lives are lost to heroin and too many families forever scarred," said Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Division. “I’m proud of the work done by these agents, officers and prosecutors who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results, and I’m confident that with our continued partnership, we will have increasing success."

The investigative team consisted of Kane County Sherriff’s Department, Kane County State’s Attorney Office, U.S. Marshals, Oak Park Police Department, Cook County State’s Attorney Office, and DEA Chicago.

Criminal complaints are not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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