Dover man charged in heroin death case

WILMINGTON – A Dover man was charged by superseding indictment with distributing fentanyl that resulted in the deaths of two people within a span of five days in January 2017, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware spokesman David C. Weiss said.

Quaheem Hall was also charged with distributing heroin five times between August and September 2017, and possessing heroin in October 2017. The distribution charges that led to the deaths of two individuals carry a mandatory minimum penalty of twenty years each, with a maximum of life imprisonment. The remainder of the drug charges carry a penalty of up to twenty years of imprisonment.

According to Mr. Weiss, the case exemplifies the dangers presented by fentanyl, which is substantially stronger than heroin and is often mixed with heroin or substituted for heroin. In 2017, more than 72,000 people nationwide died as a result of the opioid epidemic. The victims in this case were two of 345 people to die of overdoses in the State of Delaware in 2017.

“Knowingly distributing fentanyl is akin to committing a crime of violence,” Mr. Weiss said. “This office will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to disrupt the flow of heroin and illegal opioid drugs into our communities.”

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from Dover Police and Delaware State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer K. Welsh and Laura D. Hatcher are prosecuting this case.

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