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Sterling man arrested in heroin investigation

DIXON – Bond was set at $250,000 Sunday for a Sterling man accused of selling heroin to a police informant.

Tysheed D. Steward, 34, formerly of Chicago and Wisconsin, was in Lee County Jail Sunday. He sold less than a gram of heroin to the informant at 7 p.m. Friday in front of Sterling High School, Dixon Police said in a news release.

His arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into heroin sales in the area, and more arrests are pending, the release said.

Steward is charged with four felonies: possessing heroin, conspiracy to sell heroin, selling it, and selling it within 1,000 feet of a school. The most serious charge, selling near a school, carries 4 to 15 years in prison.

Court records show Steward also has a felony domestic battery case pending in Whiteside County, stemming from an arrest in September. He posted 10 percent of his $20,000 bond and was released; a trial tentatively has been set for March 18.

In August 2012, Steward was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of selling cocaine in a Whiteside County bench trial.

According to online court records, he appealed that sentence and also sought a new trial; the results of those requests were not available online and no one could be reached over the weekend to explain why Steward served less than a year before being released from prison.

Complete records and court officials will not be available until Tuesday because courts are closed today for President’s Day.

Steward also was arrested in Whiteside County in March and in June on Wisconsin warrants charging him with violating his probation there.

According to that state’s online court records, he was found guilty in 2009 of strangulation and suffocation, and of false imprisonment, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor intimidating a witness, disorderly conduct, battery and resisting an officer, all in Dane County. His sentence there was unavailable.

According to Wisconsin state statute, “whoever intentionally impedes the normal breathing or circulation of blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of another person” is guilty of strangulation and suffocation.

The State Police Blackhawk Area Task Force and the Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office also are participating in the heroin investigation, the release said.

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