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Northern District of New York

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Albany Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Fatal Overdose

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Daniel J. Fillerup, age 33, of Albany, pled guilty yesterday to selling fentanyl that caused the death of its user.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his plea, Fillerup admitted that on September 29, 2016, he arranged, via text message and phone call, with K.C. to supply K.C. with two bags of heroin.  Fillerup met with K.C. in Schenectady, New York, and K.C. gave Fillerup $36.  He acquired bags of what he believed to contain heroin, and gave K.C. two of the bags.  K.C. ingested the substance Fillerup gave her, which was fentanyl.  The ingestion of the fentanyl caused K.C.’s death due to fentanyl intoxication.

Fillerup faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn.  He also faces a fine of up to $1 million and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 3 years and up to life.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office and the Schenectady Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated December 21, 2018