Orland Park man charged with drug and weapons offenses
CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—March 8, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
Sanchez Lackland, 35, of Hazel Crest was charged with federal drug offenses for allegedly conspiring to import a fentanyl analogue from China into the Chicago area.
According to the indictment returned yesterday in federal court, in the fall of 2017, Lackland allegedly imported methoxyacetyl fentanyl from China. Lackland and others had the substances shipped through the U.S. mail to approximately 19 Chicago-area addresses. In December, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Lackland’s home and seized quantities of heroin, methoxyacetyl fentanyl and acryl fentanyl, as well as a loaded revolver and approximately $300,000 in cash.
Lackland was charged with drug and firearm offenses. As a convicted felon, Lackland is not legally allowed to possess firearms.
The indictment also charges Jermol Mixon 35, of Orland Park, with drug and weapons offenses. According to the complaint, on December 12, 2017 police followed Lackland as he delivered a package to Mixon’s home. A subsequent court-authorized search of Mixon’s home uncovered quantities of heroin, methoxyacetyl fentanyl, acryl fentanyl, $10,000 in cash and materials used to manufacture drugs.
During the search of Mixon’s home, agents encountered him in an upstairs room within arm’s reach of a loaded handgun. As is the case with Lackland, Mixon is a convicted felon who cannot legally possess firearms.
Arraignments for both defendants are set for March 14 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.