Ypsilanti men sold drugs that led 2 to overdose, feds say
A pair of Washtenaw County men has been charged with selling drugs tied to at least two deaths from overdoses, according to federal court documents.
Ypsilanti residents Adam Dean Brown and Terence Robinson, both 37, have been named in a criminal complaint filed Friday in federal court that alleges the men sold narcotics to two people who later died from overdoses. One of the victims died from fentanyl and cocaine toxicity, officials said.
The most recent victim died last week Thursday, according to the federal records, which were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.
On May 11, 2017, police received complaints about Brown selling drugs from his home in Ypsilanti, and he was arrested 17 days later for heroin possession and driving with a suspended license, authorities say.
The next month, police began a series of searches of Brown's trash and each time they found plastic baggies they believe were used to package narcotics, the filing said. Analysis of the bags found traces of cocaine, documents say.
Also that month, police obtained a search warrant for Brown's home and recovered small amounts of cocaine, marijuana and three cell phones.
Officers also searched Brown's person and found a pill bottle in the crotch of his underwear, the filing said. The pill bottle contained Bunavail, a drug used to treat opioid dependence, heroin and marijuana.
Brown confessed the heroin was his and admitted to selling drugs, according to court records.
He has at least nine previous drug charge convictions, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.
In October, police were investigating the fatal overdose of a man found in his home's basement. They found a packet of suspected heroin, a syringe and the deceased's cell phone.
Federal agents subpoenaed the victim's cell phone records found he had called and texted Brown the night before he died and contacted Robinson the night he died.
Agents then interviewed Robinson, who is on parole, according to the federal complaint. As a parolee, Robinson was required to turn his cell phone over to agents for inspection. Officials said Robinson admitted he spoke with the deceased and was trying to help him find heroin.
Phone records showed Robinson texted Brown and deceased the night before the victim's death, according to court documents.
In November, federal agents received the forensic laboratory report on the suspected heroin found in the victim's house, and it showed the substance was Fentanyl, the documents said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Last week, police responded to a call about a body found in a home, according to the federal criminal complaint. Officials said the victim died from an apparent drug overdose. Investigators found the victim's cell phone and learned he had sent text messages to Brown, asking to buy pain pills.