Pekin man indicted on heroin counts that resulted in death

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Pekin man indicted on heroin counts that resulted in death

February 28, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- A 22-year-old Pekin man has been indicted in Federal court for heroin distribution, and the U.S. Attorney's office said some of that heroin resulted in death.

Anthony Mansini of Pekin appeared in Federal Court Thursday to plead 'not guilty" to eleven counts of heroin distribution

According to the indictment, Mansini had been conspiring to bring heroin to Tazewell County since 2008.

Specifically, the indictment said he distributed heroin on or about August 25, 2012. That is the day that James Reader, 21, of Pekin died at a friend's home.

A coroner's report states that Reader died from heroin overdose.

Mansini is also accused of heroin distribution on November 12, 2012. That is the day Kyla Frost, 21, died at Pekin Hospital. Her obituary identifies Anthony Mansini as her boyfriend.

Mansini is also charged with heroin distribution on November 15, 2012. That is the day Chanel Berardi, 20, died at her Pekin home of a drug overdose. Hours later, two young men were hospitalized with what was called a heroin overdose.

Mansini has been in police custody since December, when he was charged in Tazewell County with drug delivery charges.

He was indicted on Federal charges last week.