LSD Dealer Sentenced to Almost Five Years in Prison

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PEORIA, Ill. – A Bartonville, Illinois, man, Derick Meyers, 24, of the 1000 block of Collins Court, was sentenced on April 28, 2022, to 57 months in prison for distribution of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), to be followed by three years of supervised release.

At the sentencing hearing, the government presented evidence that in June 2020 the Pekin Police Department began an investigation after two individuals were hospitalized after using LSD in Pekin. Meyers was determined to be the primary source of the LSD and was known to sell LSD, MDMA (commonly referred to as “molly”), and ketamine. Meyers subsequently sold LSD and MDMA on three different occasions in July and August 2020, including selling two and half vials of liquid LSD for $1000.

Meyers was indicted on the LSD distribution charge in October 2020 and pleaded guilty in December 2021. Meyers has been out on bond since his detention hearing in early November 2020.

The statutory penalties for distribution of LSD are no more than 20 years of imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and three years to life of supervised release.


The investigation was a joint collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pekin Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine G. Legge represented the government in the prosecution.