CRIME: San Diego Man Sentenced To 156 Months’ Custody In Fentanyl Overdose Death

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NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – November 19, 2021

SAN DIEGO – Tony Davis was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo to 156 months’ custody for supplying the heroin and fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of a 41-year-old San Diego woman, on October 24, 2018.

According to his plea agreement, Davis agreed to sell more than 100 grams of what he knew to be heroin in the fall of 2018, and on October 24, 2018 he distributed heroin and fentanyl to another street-level drug dealer who in turn distributed the drugs that caused the victim’s death.

DEA Narcotic Task Force Team 10 led the investigation in this case. Team 10 is a specialty unit, with investigators from HSI, FBI, San Diego Police Department, CA Department of Health Care Services and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, that investigates overdose deaths in San Diego. Team 10 responds to the discovery of overdose victims and aggressively pursues criminal cases, up the distribution chain, against the dealers and their sources of supply.

Fentanyl continues its destructive path in our community. We are committed to taking actions to stop those who supply this poison,” stated Acting U.S. attorney Randy Grossman. Shelly S. Howe, DEA Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, stated that “we will use every tool available to hold traffickers accountable and confiscate their drugs. This will put an end to the tragic deaths

“.” The DEA and law enforcement partners are aggressively targeting the supply chains to address this problem. It’s easy: If you supply or sell drugs that cause death, we will pursue you and your supplier The United States Attorney’s Office works closely with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and local police departments. The Drug Enforcement Administration, federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, to investigate and prosecute those who supply drugs to fatal overdose cases.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman praised prosecutors Stephen H. Wong and Mikaela L. Weber as well as DEA Team 10 investigators for their hard work on the case.

For those suffering from addiction, there is help. Call the Crisis line at 888-724-7240; it’s always open.

DEFENDANT Case Number 19-CR-0294-CAB

Tony Davis Age: 65


Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl – Title 21, U.S.C., Section 841(a)(1)

Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin – Title 21, U.S.C., Section 841(a)(1) & 846

Penalties: Mandatory minimum five years in prison; maximum 40 years in prison


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