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West Tennessee Man Convicted of Distributing Heroin That Resulted in Fatal Overdose

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

Memphis, TN – A man responsible for distributing a large amount of heroin that resulted in the fatal overdose of one person has been convicted of distributing heroin. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced today.

According to information presented in court, on June 7, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Marvin Foster with five counts for violating Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 (a)(1). According to the superseding indictment, Marvin Foster, aka "Pookie," 49, of Halls, Tennessee, distributed heroin to C.T. and the heroin distributed by Foster was the cause of C.T.’s death.

On June 16, 2017, Foster plead guilty to Count 1 of the superseding indictment. Had the case proceeded to trial, the United States would have shown that:

On or about July 1, 2014, Foster sold heroin to C.T.; C.T. used the heroin and overdosed. Subsequently, Foster drove C.T.’s truck, with C.T. in the truck, to a rural area, where Foster left the victim. On July 2, 2014, a farmer saw the truck and called police. The police arrived and found C.T. was dead. A medical examiner would have testified that the cause of death was heroin toxicity. Furthermore, C.T.’s blood was analyzed by a forensic toxicology lab and showed a lethal amount of heroinwas present in the blood. In addition, the United States would have presented witnesses that would have testified that Foster sells heroin and pills, and that Foster obtained heroin from a source of supply in Nashville.

Foster and the United States have recommended a 25-year sentence of imprisonment.

This case is being investigated by the 25th Judicial Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Stringfellow and Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth Boswell are prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated June 20, 2017