Fentanyl Vendor Convicted of Causing a Buyer's Death

~1 min read | Published on 2023-10-10, tagged Darkweb-VendorFentanyl using 214 words.

A jury in Iowa found a North Carolina man guilty of distributing a heroin and fentanyl mixture that caused an overdose death.

According to the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa, 38-year-old James Adam Earwood of North Carolina was found guilty following a four-day jury trial.
Evidence presented during the trial allegedly revealed that on November 18, 2021, Earwood mailed a package of a substance that contained a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to a Dubuque, Iowa, man.
The recipient of the drugs allegedly used them and had a non-fatal overdose while in the parking lot of a local business.
On December 17, a month after surviving the overdose, the victim received a second package of the same substance from Earwood. He used the drugs on December 19, overdosed and died. His death was discovered by the staff of a hotel he was residing in.
The investigations that stemmed from the death revealed that Earwood was using undisclosed dark web platforms to find buyers for the heroin and fentanyl. The investigators reportedly managed to link another heroin and fentanyl package to Earwood's drug trafficking operation.
The jury found Earwood guilty of distributing heroin and fentanyl, causing the death of another on October 5, 2023. The date of his sentencing hearing was not revealed.