Heroin dealer indicted for drug-related death

A 28-year-old Delaware man has been indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a New Garden Township fatality this past summer.

Charles M. Oberly III, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced in a press release that Donte Jacobs of New Castle had been indicted on Oct. 13 – the first such indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware.

“The number of deaths related to the distribution of heroin laced with fentanyl has reached epidemic-like numbers,” Oberly said in the release.  “Those responsible for providing this poison to those addicted to heroin can, where the evidence exists, expect to face indictment like this.”

New Garden Township Police Chief Gerald R. Simpson, whose department contributed to the investigation, applauded the indictment, which stemmed from the death of a township resident on June 29.

Simpson extended thanks to the U. S. Attorney Office’s in the District of Delaware, DEA Wilmington Resident Office – HIDTA Group 41, the New Castle County Police Department, and to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher L. de Barrena-Sarobe, a former Chester County deputy district attorney who is prosecuting the case.

Jacobs faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison, a maximum sentence of a lifetime in prison, a fine of $5,000,000, and a minimum of 3 years of supervised release following a prison sentence.  Jacobs was also indicted for the illegal possession of a handgun, for which he faces an additional maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years’ probation, the release said.

According to the indictment, Jacobs conspired to distribute a controlled substance that resulted in the fentanyl-related death of the victim, who was not identified by authorities.




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