Rockford heroin dealer sentenced to federal prison

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — 24-year-old Tyshon Watson was sentenced to four years, nine months in federal prison for his part in a heroin dealing operation which operated in Rockford.

The FBI led a task force during a nine month investigation with help from several law enforcement agencies in the Stateline.

The individuals arrested included Watson, Tervarie Lottie, 29,  Johnia Wilson, 39, and Jasmine Bradley, 29, who were all taken into custody on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Watson pleaded guilty on June 28th to conspiring to distribute heroin. In his written plea agreement, Watson admitted to being a part of a drug distribution network which sold heroin to street-level customers on a daily basis between May and November 2017.

Court documents say Watson began selling 5 grams of heroin per day, which increased to 10 grams per day.

Watson and his co-conspirator shared a phone to arrange heroin sales, and warned each other of police surveillance in areas where they were selling.

On the day of his arrest, police say Watson was in possession of 63 baggies of heroin. Police also say Watson sold larger quantity to other heroin dealers.

He was sentenced Friday to 57 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

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