Alleged drug dealer charged in overdose death of Newark man
A Philadelphia man has been indicted for his role in distributing drugs that led to the death of a Newark man, authorities said.
Robin Cintron-Pratts – also known as Emanuel Jimenez – was charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute drugs, which caused the death of Joel Davis, 28.
Davis died of a fentanyl overdose in his home in Newark on Feb. 15, 2017.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug used as a pain reliever and anesthetic. It is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin. Heroin is sometimes cut with fentanyl because fentanyl is cheaper.
Davis was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor by his roommates. When the Newark Police Department arrived on scene, officers found a spoon, empty syringes and four empty baggies with a piece of paper marked “Tasty.”
It was confirmed through an autopsy that Davis died of a fentanyl overdose and that the Tasty baggies contained the fentanyl that caused Davis’ death.
Cintron-Pratts allegedly conspired to distribute at least 100 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl between January 2017 and March 2017. On the day of Davis’s death, CintronPratts had distributed approximately 13,000 baggies, according to the indictment.
Cintron-Pratts allegedly sold the drugs to several other men, including Michael Wilson, who is accused of supplying the fatal dose to Davis.
On Feb. 14, 2017, Davis texted Wilson, “If you grab anything can you leave a couple in my drawer in the hallway?”
According to the indictment, Wilson understood that message to mean he was to provide Davis with several baggies of heroin.
The following day, Wilson did so and texted Davis, “Hey I got it. It’s in the first drawer underneath your clothes and the scale.”
According to the indictment, another of the alleged co-conspirators told Cintron-Pratts on March 10, 2017, that someone had overdosed using CintronPratts’ supply.
“You what happens? People, they do it. … they didn’t feel it like that quick, so they think the [expletive] not good so they do it over and over. And like 20 minutes later… oh [expletive],” Cintron-Pratts replied, according to the indictment.
In 2017, 345 people died from drug overdoses in Delaware.
If convicted, CintronPratts will face a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison, with a maximum penalty of life in prison.