There has been controversy for some time as to whether a person could be charged if someone died after using drugs that the deceased allegedly bought from that person. Now one man is facing that possibility. That man was recently brought to Florida to face a federal drug charge after substances that he is suspected of selling were linked to the death of a woman from Orlando.
The man appeared in a federal court, where it was decided that there was enough evidence to try him for the crime. The substances that he is accused of selling on the dark web is said to be linked to as many as 20 overdoses. He was held in jail until his transfer to the state since it was determined that he is allegedly a flight risk. He has been charged with mailing the illegal substance known as fentanyl to the fiance of the woman who died.
The District Attorney claims that the man continued to sell the dangerous drug even after discovering that someone had died from using it. The allegation is that the man has been in touch with the fiance of the deceased since her death. He allegedly sells the substances via his online store.
According to court documents, however, the substances that he is accused of mailing are not on the federal schedule of controlled substances. The court would have to show that he knew the substances were to be used for human consumption in order to get a conviction. Anyone in Florida who is facing a federal drug charge may choose to consult with a criminal law attorney who can advise the accused on the best defense possible for his or her case.
Source: mcall.com, "Bethlehem man ordered to face 'dark web' drug charges", Peter Hall, July 5, 2017