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Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Fentanyl Mixture

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Christopher Tyler, 27, of Charleston, West Virginia entered a guilty plea today to a single count information charging him with distributing a mixture containing fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl announced United States Attorney Michael B. Stuart.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).

“Tragic.  Fentanyl is so deadly.  Last year, my office seized enough fentanyl to kill nearly the entire population of West Virginia,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We are working tirelessly to prosecute every fentanyl dealer we can find.  We’ve lost to many of our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers to this poison.”

Tyler admitted that on August 29, 2018, he exchanged text messages with a female in Charleston and agreed to sell her a substance they both believed to be heroin. The female came to Tyler’s house on Glover Street in Charleston to pick up the substance and gave Tyler money. Tyler and the female continued to text that evening into the earlier morning hours. The next morning when Tyler called the female’s phone, he was informed she had died. Toxicology testing done by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that the substance Tyler sold to the female was a mixture of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, and acetyl fentanyl, a schedule I controlled substance.

Tyler faces up to 20 years imprisonment when he is sentenced on August 6, 2019 before Senior United States District Court Judge David A. Faber.

Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the investigation.



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Updated April 3, 2019

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