Al­leged drug dealer charged in over­dose death of Ne­wark man

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­pub.com

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.

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