A Rock Island man is being accused of making a heroin sale that resulted in a death.
On Friday, May 22, 50-year-old Phil Trent appeared in federal court charged with distribution of heroin resulting in death, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
The indictment alleged that in August of 2014, Trent sold heroin within Rock Island County, and the heroin ended up killing someone, the statement said. A second count against Trent alleged that he also sold heroin in October of 2014.
Trent was scheduled to go to trial July 27 and was to be in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until then.
According to the statement, heroin deaths seemed to be an increasingly large problem in the area.
“Trent becomes the seventh defendant charged in the past year with distribution of heroin that resulted in a death in the Rock Island Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois,” the statement said.
The six others have been charged within the last year dating back to April of 2014.
If convicted, defendants facing this charge can face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. They also face a fine of up to $1 million.