Norfolk man who sold heroin mixed with fentanyl pleads guilty

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man who sold heroin mixed with fentanyl that led to at least one overdoes pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges this week.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office cited court documents that say 32-year-old Barry Jamel Alexander sold the drug mixture to an undercover Norfolk police officer at a 7-Eleven.

Prosecutors said store security cameras caught Alexander handing the drugs to his cousin, whom he used as a middle man in an attempt to avoid criminal exposure.

Cameras caught Alexander receiving the drug money a short time after that.

Alexander sold a heroin-fentanyl mixture to a customer who overdosed and had to be revived. Some of Alexanders other customers told agents they had bought more than two kilograms of heroin from Alexander over a five-year period.

Prosecutors said Alexander pleaded guilty to conspiracy, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Alexander could face up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 7.

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