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Atlanta man indicted for allegedly distributing fentanyl that killed one

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

ATLANTA - Antonio Milner has been arraigned on federal charges of distributing fentanyl resulting in the death of another.  Milner allegedly distributed fentanyl to a person who was found dead in a vehicle alongside I-75.

“Fentanyl is an extraordinarily dangerous substance and even the smallest quantity can be lethal,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan.  “The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting these cases to combat this scourge plaguing our communities.”

“Fentanyl poisonings and other dangerous drugs are taking a terrible toll on our communities.” said Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Atlanta Division.  “This drug trafficker will face the consequences of his actions.”

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges, and other information presented in court: On December 13, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Stockbridge Police Department responded to a request for a welfare check at I-75 Southbound at mile marker 224. Upon arrival, officers located the victim deceased in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. The victim’s cause of death was determined to be fentanyl and morphine toxicity. The DEA traced the victim’s steps and established that Milner had allegedly distributed fentanyl to the victim just prior to her death.

Antonio Milner, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Justin S. Anand. Milner was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 27, 2023.  Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy M. Palumbo is prosecuting the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta recommends parents and children learn about the dangers of drugs at the following web site:

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated June 29, 2023