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‘King of Death’ drug dealer sentenced for heroin, fentanyl distribution

November 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
‘King of Death’ drug dealer sentenced for heroin, fentanyl distribution

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A federal district court judge has handed “King of Death” heroin dealer Erskine Dawson to 36 years behind bars for his role in heading a drug distribution operation that led to several deaths and over a dozen overdoses in Virginia.

Court records note that the 33-year-old man managed over half a dozen individuals who sold heroin from a Studios 4 Less motel in Virginia Beach.

Prosecutors said Dawson’s New Jersey sources of supply, Rashad Clark, and Kenneth Stuart, who goes by the nickname “Bones,” used stuffed animals to hide the heroin and fentanyl as they were brought down the East Coast on buses.

‘King of Death’ drug dealer Erskine Dawson sentenced for heroin, fentanyl distribution

Court documents revealed that Dawson’s enterprise was known for its powerful heroin and fentanyl, which was sold in wax baggies stamped with “King of Death,” “Last Call,” and “Steph Curry,” The Virginian Pilot reported.

“Dawson’s knowledge of the damage and possible death he was dealing shows his blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge for the DEA’s Washington Field Division, said. “He and others like him will be held accountable for their actions.”

On July 18th, Erskine Dawson entered a guilty plea to several charges of drug trafficking.

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