(BENTON, IL) — A Herrin man was recently sentenced for heroin offenses in U.S. District Court. Acting U.S. Attorney James Porter says 47-year-old James N. Taylor, who had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and fined $400. The offense happened between 2014 and July of last year in Williamson County. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings established that Taylor was involved with others in the distribution of heroin. On June 25 and 26 of last year, Taylor sold heroin to a confidential source working for law enforcement. During a search of Taylor and his Herrin home on July 1 of last year, agents located pre-packaged heroin and pre-recorded buy money. Upon his arrest, Taylor admitted that he was involved with others in the distribution of heroin. At sentencing, the district court found that Taylor was responsible for the distribution of approximately 248 grams of heroin and 10 grams of crack cocaine.