A Fairview Heights woman could lose her home after a federal grand jury indicted her and her son on heroin and drug house charges.
Deborah A. Perkins and her son, Douglas W. Oliver, were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and maintaining a drug-involved premises. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of the house at 20 Kassing Drive, which is owned by Perkins.
"My office is determined to continue its anti-heroin initiative with every legal means we have," said Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. "That includes, when appropriate, seeking the forfeiture of real property which has been used to facilitate heroin trafficking."
Perkins, 64, and Oliver, 46, were also charged by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with trafficking a controlled substance and unlawful possession of heroin. Bail was set at $2 million each for the county charges and held without bond on the federal charges.
The federal indictment alleges Perkins and Oliver distributed heroin between 2010 and 2013 and distributed "in excess of one kilogram of heroin" during that time. A kilogram is equal to 2.2 pounds. The indictment also alleges the pair maintained the house in Fairview Heights for the purpose of distributing and using heroin between 2004 and 2013.
In early September, Oliver and Perkins were charged with trying to conceal the death of Jessica M. Williams, a Collinsville woman who was reported missing two weeks before her body was found in Washington Park. Both were charged with the concealment of a death, a class 3 felony.
Williams' body was found March 19 in a wooded lot on North 62nd Street. Toxicology results revealed she died of a drug overdose and investigators learned she had died at 20 Kassing Drive and her body moved and dumped in Washington Park.
A second woman, Jennifer L. Herling, 20, of Collinsville, died in October after police responded to a call and found her unconscious at the Kassing Drive home. She was taken to Memorial Hospital in Belleville where she died shortly after her arrival.
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