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Article updated: 12/3/2012 4:59 PM

8 years for dealing heroin in DuPage

By Josh Stockinger

A Chicago man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for dealing heroin in DuPage County, prosecutors said.

Antoine Johnson, 27, had pleaded guilty in October to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell sentenced him.

Johnson sold heroin to undercover officers with the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DuMeg), a drug task force, five times in March and April. The deals took place in the southeastern part of the county, authorities said.

State's Attorney Bob Berlin credited DuMeg for "solid police work," adding that heroin "continues to be a thorn in the side of society."

"Because of their efforts, we were able to get another drug dealer off the streets and behind bars where he belongs," Berlin said in a statement. "My office is committed to working with DuMeg and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who push heroin and other drugs on our children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Johnson must serve at least four years before he could be eligible for parole. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Audrey Anderson.

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