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PEKIN — A Pekin man faces drug-induced homicide charges related to the death of a man who ingested synthetic marijuana police said was provided by the defendant.

Lonnie K. Smith, 46, is accused of providing the K2 or "spice" to Anthony Phillips and Rena Corp, a woman who lived with the victim.

According to a probable cause statement released Friday by Tazwell County State's Attorney Stewart J. Umholtz, Corp and Phillips were hospitalized April 8 with severe stomach pain and other symptoms allegedly caused by their ingestion of the drugs recently publicized as a growing concern in the deaths of drug users across Illinois.

Phillips died April 9.

According to the statement, Smith admitted to police that he had sold Phillips drugs every two to three days.

In addition to the drug-induced homicide charges, Smith also is charged with aggravated battery of Corp and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Pekin police seized 7,000 grams of spice as part of their investigation.

In a written statement, Umholtz said, "The distribution of these illegal drugs represent an unacceptable risk to public safety, and dealers must be held criminally responsible for their conduct."

Smith is due in court Friday. If convicted, he faces 6 to 30 years on the charges.


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