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Detroit Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Selling Carfentanil that Caused 2 Beaver County Residents to Overdose, One Fatally

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH -A Michigan resident has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years’ imprisonment on his conviction of distribution of carfentanil, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Reginald Davis, age 32, of Detroit, MI.

According to information presented to the court, on December 17, 2016, Davis distributed carfentanil, which the victims believed to be heroin, which caused the overdose death of victim B.L., a Beaver County resident, and caused the non-fatal overdose of victim K.S., also a Beaver County resident, who was later revived with Narcan. Davis also sold carfentanil in a controlled drug buy conducted by the New Brighton Area Police Department the same day and possessed additional quantities of carfentanil which he intended to distribute.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act and is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals.

In addition to the sentence of imprisonment, Judge Fischer ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $3,775.60 to the family of victim B.L.

Assistant United States Attorneys Tonya Sulia Goodman and Timothy Lanni prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the DEA and the New Brighton Area Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Davis.

Updated October 31, 2019

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