Portsmouth fentanyl trafficker responsible for overdose death sentenced to 11 years in prison

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 17:11:11-05

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison for his role in a fentanyl and heroin distribution ring that led to multiple overdoses and at least one death.

Court documents say Deshawn Jones, 29, dealt heroin and fentanyl as part of a Hampton Roads-based group that sold powerful narcotics to people from South Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

On November 23, 2018, Jones reportedly sold a mixture of fentanyl and heroin to someone named only as "C.H.," who used the drugs, overdosed and later died. Records say Jones continued to sell narcotics after learning of C.H.’s death, and when police executed a search warrant at his Portsmouth home in June 2019, they found fentanyl, heroin and a loaded semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation.

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