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Federal drug charges connected to death of users

A Pennsylvania man is facing serious federal drug charges after authorities say they have linked him to the sale of laced heroin. The man was expected to participate in a recent detention hearing, but that matter was postponed by a week. He will soon appear before a magistrate to begin the legal process involved with those federal drug charges, and the first item of business is likely to involve whether he will be released from incarceration pending trial.

The 30-year-old man has apparently been linked to the sale of heroin. Some of the drug is believed to have been altered by the addition of fentanyl, a powerful prescription medication used to treat pain. Authorities allege that at least one individual who purchased drugs from the man died as a result of an overdose.

Currently, the man has only been charged with possession of heroin with the intent to deliver. However, the affidavit that was filed with that charge contains claims that the laced drugs are connected to the overdose death. Investigators are looking into other overdose fatalities to determine if there are any additional links to the man accused of dealing dangerous drugs.

As the case moves forward, it is possible that additional charges could be filed. Federal drug charges are serious matters, even when a death is not associated with the case. However, if this Pennsylvania man is eventually accused of taking action that directly led to the death of others, his legal troubles will become far more complex. His legal team is likely on guard for that possibility, and will structure his defense accordingly. 

Source: yorkdispatch.com, "Detention hearing delayed in Pa. "Super" heroin case", Jan. 13, 2016

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