Hampton Roads heroin dealer sentenced to 30 years in overdose case

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A 46-year-old drug dealer will spend decades in federal prison for selling heroin that killed a Chesapeake man in 2015.

Carlos A. Brown was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of heroin distribution resulting in death on July 28 in Norfolk’s Eastern District Court of Virginia.

Police say Brown dealt heroin from his Portsmouth home on Country Street between June and November 2015.

On Nov. 18, 2015, Brown texted a client, 25-year-old Ryan Wilson, of Chesapeake, to say he had very potent, “missile” heroin, court documents show.

Wilson and a friend got money together to buy seven heroin capsules from Brown on Nov. 20, 2015. Brown sold the heroin, aware that several of his customers had overdosed on the same batch.

Wilson overdosed on the heroin in the early hours of Nov. 21, 2015. A colleague and family members found him dead on his bedroom floor with a heroin capsule beside him, court documents show.

Brown continued selling heroin after Wilson’s death. Police made four controlled-purchases of heroin and a fentanyl,a synthetic opioid, from Brown between Nov. 24, 2015 and Feb. 9 before arresting him on April 21.

A search of his home resulted in digital scales, drug packing material and suspected narcotics residue.

Mayfield can be reached at 352-431-9612.


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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.