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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Prince William Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Prince William County man pleaded guilty today to selling fentanyl.

According to court documents, between February 2019 and May 2019, Keith Issiah Slade, 46, and a co-defendant, sold fentanyl in and around the Eastern District of Virginia. The defendants would obtain the fentanyl in Baltimore and traffic it into Virginia. One of their customers was Individual 1, to whom they sold at least 55 capsules containing heroin/fentanyl. In May 2019, Individual 1 consumed fentanyl provided to her by Slade and the co-defendant. Individual 1 was later found deceased, and the cause of death was ruled to be mixed drug intoxication. Individual 1 had numerous substances in her system, including fentanyl.

Slade pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and the distribution of fentanyl. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when sentenced on December 9. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark Herring, Attorney General for Virginia; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. accepted the plea. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karolina Klyuchnikova and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bibeane Metsch are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:20-cr-224.

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated September 23, 2020