Wilmington drug dealer sentenced to 5 years for Middletown man's overdose death

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Isabel Hughes - Delaware News Journal


A 26-year-old Wilmington drug dealer who sold fentanyl-laced heroin in the city's Riverside neighborhood was sentenced to just more than five years in prison for his role in a Middletown man's overdose death.


On Wednesday, United States District Judge Maryellen Noreika sentenced Larry Wise to 63 months in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to distributing heroin.


According to court documents, in early 2019, Wise was dealing anywhere from 130 to 650 baggies of fentanyl-laced heroin per day in Riverside.


Prosecutors said though Wise’s drugs "changed hands multiple times" before the 31-year-old victim ultimately took them, Wise was culpable for the Feb. 2, 2019 overdose death because he supplied the drugs.


Prior to sentencing, Wise agreed that his heroin had killed the man. A toxicology report conducted after the man's death showed he had fentanyl in his bloodstream.


"This case is yet another tragic example of the destructive power of fentanyl-

laced heroin," said U.S. Attorney David Weiss. "Drug dealers take note: if you knowingly sell a substance that may contain fentanyl and that substance causes death, we will hold you accountable."


The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the First State Overdose Task Force, with help from the Middletown Police Department and the New Castle County Police Department.


Send story tips or ideas to Isabel Hughes at ihughes@delawareonline.com or 302-324-2785. For all things breaking news, follow her on Twitter at @izzihughes_

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