An Oakdale man was one of 11 individuals who were recently indicted in federal court for conspiring to distribute heroin.
Damien Dwayne Eastling, 23, and the other 10 people were indicted for one count of conspiracy to distrubte heroin. The indictment, which was filed on Oct. 15, was unsealed this week.
Many of the individuals were also charged with one or more counts of distribution of heroin or with possession with intent to distribute heroin. Eastling was charged with six counts. Eastling and three others were also indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
According to the indictment, from 2000 through Oct. 15 the defendants conspired with each other and others to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
Eastling and four others purportedly distributed at least 49 grams of heroin from Feb. 7 to July 24. Between April 30 and Aug. 27, Eastling and three of the others also allegedly possessed a total of at least 59.4 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it.
If convicted, all the defendants face a potential maximum penalty of 10 years to life in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute one kilogram of heroin. Eastling and six others face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count of distribution of heroin. Eastling and another of the four individuals also face a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
For a full list of the individuals indicted see the attachment above.