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Local man agrees to 20-year sentence in drug case

Supplied deadly dose to local teen

Taylor Drew Munson, 22, of Middlesex County, pleaded guilty on Friday, August 14, to distribution of methadone. 

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael T. Hurd, Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney; Guy L. Abbott, Middlesex Sheriff; and James R. Gregorius, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration at the Richmond District Office made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal.

Sentencing has been set for October 30, 2009.  Munson has agreed to be sentenced to 20 years, the maximum punishment.

In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Munson admitted that from approximately April 2008, through March 3, 2009, he illegally distributed to others liquid methadone that had been prescribed for his own use. 

Munson admitted that on May 24, 2008, he distributed 60 mg. of liquid methadone to Allen Haywood, 18, of Middlesex, who overdosed and died as a result of methadone toxicity.  Munson further admitted to distributing liquid methadone on five separate occasions following Haywood’s death, during the course of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s undercover operation.

This case was investigated by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, the DEA’s Norfolk Office and the DEA’s Richmond Office Diversion Group.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Olivia N. Hawkins is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

posted 08.14.2009

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