Alton woman sentenced for operating heroin ring

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Chelsea Schollmeier

Chelsea Schollmeier

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A 25-year-old Alton woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for running a heroin distribution ring, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

According to prosecutors, Chelsea Schollmeier pleaded guilty in October 2015 to one count of unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of public housing. Schollmeier and co-defendant Kenneth Rice were also accused of possession and selling heroin out of their South Roxana apartment in January 2015.

Schollmeier and Rice were arrested and charged April 28, 2015 following a purchase by an undercover police informant. A subsequent search of the home revealed 20 buttons of heroin and a ledger documenting sales of the drug.

At sentencing, prosecutors said Schollmeier would earn up $1,000 a week by selling around 200 buttons of heroin.

Schollmeier must serve at least 75 percent of her sentence, prosecutors said.

Four others worked for Schollmeier in buying and selling heroin. Those suspects—41-year-old Serena Jeffers, 41-year-old William Jeffers, 25-year-old Allora Stratton, and 37-year-old Joshua Cobbs—all pleaded guilty to various felonies affiliated with this illegal endeavor in 2015 and have already been sentenced.

Meanwhile, Rice is awaiting trial at Madison County Jail on $250,000 bond.