Harrington man sentenced to 10 years to federal prison for dealing fentanyl

Christopher Hurd

WILMINGTON — A 33-year-old Harrington man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for dealing fentanyl during a fourth-month period in 2017 with deadly results, federal authorities said.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, Christopher Hurd and a co-conspirator ordered furanyl fentanyl from China on the Dark Web, packaged it into baggies and branded it with a “predator” stamps. The drugs were then sold in the Harrington area between Aug. 30, 2017 and Nov. 9, 2017, a news release said.

A woman overdosed and died from drugs in a “predator” branded bag on Nov. 7, 2017, federal officials said. Hurd and his supposed co-conspirator were arrested two days later.

A search warrant at Hurd’s unit block residence on Short Street located more furanyl fentanyl, authorities said. According to Delaware State Police at the time of arrest, 16.97 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 5.3 grams of marijuana, and approximately $400 in suspected drug proceeds were found.

“Fentanyl’s high potency and unpredictable effects continue to lead to victim overdoses and deaths in record numbers in this country,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

”A very small amount of fentanyl can be lethal.”

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark issued the sentence.

At sentencing, according to the prosecution, “Chief Judge Stark spoke about the recklessness with which Hurd acted and pointed out that his drug dealing had a devastating consequence.”

According to U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss, “We at the Department of Justice seek to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the United States by aggressively investigating and prosecuting drug traffickers who distribute fentanyl knowing of its deadly effects.

“We are grateful that our state and federal law enforcement partners acted swiftly in this instance to remove this harmful drug from our community and to bring some small measure of justice to the victim’s family.”

Noting the fatal overdose involved, Jonathan A. Wilson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia Field Division said. “For the drug traffickers that seek to obtain and distribute these dangerous drugs, the penalties are severe.”

The case involved a joint investigation between the DEA, DSP, Harrington and Dover police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney prosecuted the matter.

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