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Downriver Man Arraigned on Delivery of Methamphetamine Causing Death

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

DETROIT - A 52 year-old Downriver man was arraigned today on charges relating to the overdose death of a 28 year-old woman, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Acting Special Agent Josh Hauxhurst , Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.

Scott Christopher Sams was charged by indictment with conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and delivery of methamphetamine causing death. 

According to filings in the case, Sams has been selling methamphetamine in the Downriver area for at least two years.  In May 2021, it is alleged that Sams met the victim at a hotel room in Allen Park, where he gave her a fatal amount of methamphetamine.  He is facing up to life in prison.

Law enforcement is currently investigating additional overdose fatalities.  Anyone with information regarding Sams is urged to contact FBI at (313)965-2323.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI as part of the Southeast Michigan Region Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maggie Smith.

Updated January 18, 2022

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