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.

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