Illinois Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Todd C. Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Chicago Field Division, and U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris for the Central District of Illinois, announced that Jeremy Mitchell, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced on Sept. 8, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Colleen R. Lawless to 180 months in prison for possessing a substance containing fentanyl with intent to distribute it. He was also ordered to serve eight years of supervised release.
Mitchell was indicted in May 2021 and pleaded guilty in April 2023. He has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in April 2021. Mitchell has numerous drug-related prior convictions, as well as a prior conviction for aggravated battery with a firearm.
The statutory penalties for possessing a substance containing fentanyl with intent to distribute are up to life imprisonment, up to an $8 million fine, and up to a life term of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Springfield Police Department, Illinois State Police, and the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Z. Weir represented the government in the prosecution.