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West Tennessee Man Indicted for Distributing Heroin Responsible for Fatal Overdose

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

Memphis, TN – A man allegedly responsible for distributing a large amount of heroin that resulted in the fatal overdose of at least one person has been indicted. Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the indictment today.

According to the indictment, Marvin Foster, aka "Pookie," 49, of Halls, Tennessee, distributed more than 100 grams of heroin throughout the counties of Lauderdale, Tipton, and Dyer between January 2013 and January 2015. The heroin distributed by Foster is responsible for the death of at least one person.

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Foster was indicted on one count of possession with the intent to distribute and to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, which resulted in the death of a person.

Foster is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham on Monday, October 24, 2016.

If convicted, Foster faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10 million.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the 25th Judicial Drug Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Stringfellow is prosecuting this case on the government’s behalf.

The charges and allegations in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 6, 2016