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Methadone dealer receives 20-year sentence

Taylor Drew Munson, 22, of Deltaville was sentenced this week to 20 years of imprisonment for distribution of methadone. 

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael T. Hurd, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Middlesex; Guy L. Abbott, Sheriff of the County of Middlesex; and James R. Gregorius, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Richmond District Office, made the announcement after the sentencing by the Honorable Robert E. Payne, United States District Judge.

Munson had earlier entered into a plea agreement that set his sentence at 20 years.  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 also admitted as part of his plea that on May 24, 2008, he distributed 60 mg. of liquid methadone to Allen Haywood of Deltaville, 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 makes clear that trafficking dangerous prescription drugs is deadly,” said MacBride. “Diverting prescriptions to others has serious consequences, especially drugs like methadone that require such close supervision. This is a very sad case, and our thoughts and condolences are with those who have lost loved ones—in this case and others—as a result of prescription drug abuse.”

This case was investigated by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the DEA’s Norfolk Office and the DEA’s Richmond Office Diversion Group. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Olivia N. Hawkins prosecuted the case.

posted 11.03.2009

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