After Raleigh man’s overdose, dealer convicted of selling fentanyl-laced drugs

A Durham woman charged with selling drugs containing fentanyl that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Raleigh man was convicted in federal court Friday.

Carlisa Allen, 46, was convicted on multiple cocaine-related drug charges, including conspiring to distribute a substance containing fentanyl resulting in death and possessing a firearm to further a drug trafficking crime, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina said in a news release.

Allen’s drug trafficking conspiracy resulted in the cocaine and fentanyl overdose death of Joshua Skip Zinner on March 10, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

She was convicted after a four-day trial and could face 25 years to life in prison when sentenced on Feb. 13 next year.

Allen’s co-defendant, Cye Frasier, 46, was also charged in the conspiracy and was convicted on Oct. 23.

The Drug Enforcement Agency partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Raleigh, Durham and Cary to investigate the case.


Court documents show the couple coordinated to sell fentanyl-laced drugs to Zinner, a former UNC-Wilmington student.

Zinner was found deceased by his roommates at his Raleigh apartment on Bragg Street, after previously stating he wasn’t feeling well, according to a medical examiner’s report.

He had previously been in recovery in a drug rehabilitation program.

Frasier is Allen’s boyfriend, according to court documents. He could face life in prison when sentenced on Jan. 31, the Department of Justice said.

Read the full article on the Raleigh News and Observer website.