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School dean of discipline accused of selling heroin

On July 14, a former Chicago-area school employee was found guilty of distributing heroin and acquitted for one charge of possession of firearms in connection with a drug crime. The 44-year-old man was working as the dean of discipline at Joseph Academy in Des Plaines when he was taken into custody in 2013.

Following his latest court appointment, the man was taken into custody by order of the U.S. district court judge. The man's sentencing has been scheduled to take place on Dec. 12. It is unclear if the former school dean has ever been accused of other violations of criminal law in the past.

The accused man's heroin charge was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities learned about an incident that allegedly took place in September 2013. A man who was caught in Minnesota with heroin in his vehicle became an informant for authorities and helped them to investigate the school dean. The informant told authorities that he had purchased 150 grams of heroin from the dean. After authorities found out about the drug transaction, the dean was taken into custody and handed charges.

A criminal defense attorney may be able to help a defendant in a similar case to dispute the validity of information obtained from an informant. An attorney might argue that the informant is untrustworthy and attempting to avoid criminal charges by providing false information. If there is evidence from a search, an attorney may petition for the dismissal of that evidence by arguing that it was obtained unlawfully.

Source: The State Journal-Register, "Chicago suburban educator convicted of dealing heroin," Associated Press, July 15, 2016

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