A 24-year-old Rantoul man appeared in McLean County court Thursday to face drug-induced homicide charges in a Bloomington overdose.
Troy D. McBride was indicted last week by a statewide grand jury in the death of James Dingman, 41, who died March 23.
McBride allegely supplied the heroin and fentanyl Dingman used when he passed away from an overdose.
McBride also faces six counts related to manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance. He was arrested Wednesday in Urbana in a multiagency operation including Bloomington Police, the McLean County state's attorney, and authorities in Champaign County.
The investigation began in March when McBride was arrested in Urbana and heroin/fentanyl and crack cocaine was recovered, police said.
McBride is being held on $1 million bond. He made an appearance in court Thursday via video conference from the jail.
Bloomington Police touted the arrest as part of its fight against opioids.
The arrest is the second "this past year and highlights the continued problem of opioid use and addiction across Central Illinois," Bloomington Police said in a statement.
In August 2017, Jeremy Miller pleaded guilty to providing heroin to Marie Ann Lavallee, Miller's fiance.
McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis said Thursday there have been 12 drug overdose deaths in the county this year, after a record setting tally of 42 in 2017. For all of 2016 there were 16 overdose deaths in McLean County.
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