Plea deal avoids homicide charge in heroin-overdose death of Antioch resident

A Waukegan man initially charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of an Antioch man has accepted a plea deal to another charge from Lake County prosecutors and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 20.

Darrin S. Reed, 33, of Waukegan, pleaded guilty before Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes Nov. 8 to a Class X felony charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance related to a separate case. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of drug-induced homicide, according to defense attorney Gregory Nikitas.

Reed was arrested last fall as part of a Lake County Sheriff's Office operation targeting heroin sales, and was charged with delivering the heroin that killed Joseph Bond, 25, of unincorporated Antioch, according to sheriff's office officials and prosecutors.

Because the charge he pleaded guilty to is a Class X felony, Reed faces a mandatory prison sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison at his sentencing hearing.

Bond died of an overdose in Antioch Township on June 13, 2016, according to sheriff's office officials and the Lake County State's Attorney's Office.

Reed's arrest on the drug-induced homicide charge in September 2016 capped a three-month effort by the sheriff's office dubbed Operation Front Line, which targeted suspected heroin and opiate dealers.

Reed has been held in the Lake County jail on $950,000 bail since his arrest.

At the time, sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said a search warrant executed at Reed's home resulted in the discovery of 22 grams of heroin and nearly $6,000 in cash.

A total of 53 people were charged with drug crimes as a result of Operation Front Line, Covelli said. The operation specifically focused on the northwest quadrant of Lake County, he said, with participants including members of the sheriff's highway patrol division, warrants division, criminal investigations division and the sheriff's gang task force.

Covelli said members of the highway patrol division identified target areas of drug trafficking in patrol districts, worked with informants to develop additional leads on drug dealers, and provided those leads to the criminal investigations division and sheriff's gang task force.

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