Champaign man pleads guilty to heroin sales

Champaign man pleads guilty to heroin sales

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted his role in a heroin distribution business in Champaign County has pleaded guilty and faces five to 40 years in prison.

Daniel S. Hightower, 25, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Kings Way, pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 in U.S. District Court in Urbana to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 3 by Judge Michael McCuskey.

Hightower was one of four men indicted in August in connection with the heroin sale.

According to the plea agreement filed in Hightower's case, he and three others were getting heroin from another person, who was obtaining it in Chicago, and acting as distributors for that person in central Illinois. The sales occurred repeatedly from September 2011 through February 2013.

Hightower is represented by Urbana attorney Diana Lenik. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene Miller is prosecuting the case.

In exchange for Hightower's plea, the government has agreed to dismiss another count of distribution of heroin when he is sentenced.

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