NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on seven counts of distributing fentanyl, a very potent pain killer.
According to the indictment, the Drug Enforcement Agency, with assistance from the Suffolk Police Department, conducted a series of controlled purchases from 20-year-old Eugene Deandre Tillery between November 14, 2015 and December 2, 2015. The agents thought they were buying heroin from Tillery, but a laboratory analysis revealed that the drugs were fentanyl. The agents made six purchases from Tillery, which ranged from 45 to 100 capsules per purchase.
“Like most cities across the nation, Suffolk has seen a dramatic increase in the number of heroin and fentanyl overdoses and deaths,” said Thomas Bennett, Chief of Police, Suffolk Police Department. “Addressing this issue has become a priority for our agency.”
If convicted, Tillery faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.