Garner Man Sentenced to 16 and a Half Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl Resulting in an Overdose Death

RALEIGH, N.C. – Reginald Webb, a 33-year-old resident of Garner, has been sentenced to 198 months in prison for distributing heroin and fentanyl in the Raleigh area.  On April 11, 2017, Webb was the source of the fentanyl distributed to a 22-year-old woman who overdosed and died.  Webb pled guilty on January 5, 2024. Webb’s co-defendant in this case, as well as an additional individual who was indicted separately, have previously pled guilty to charges and are awaiting sentencing.

“In 2023, there were more than 4,000 suspected overdose deaths in North Carolina. Drug dealers who lace fentanyl into their supply and prey on vulnerable individuals who have an addiction should know that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will use every tool available to seek justice for victims of fentanyl poisoning and their families” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “Webb’s actions show a complete disregard for human life motivated by sheer greed.”

“The Raleigh Police Department (RPD) is proud to collaborate with U.S. Attorney Michael Easley in our joint endeavor to preserve lives and remove the offenders who sell and deliver dangerous drugs, like fentanyl, from our community,” said Chief Estella Patterson. “This investigation and prosecution underscores our commitment to identifying those who seek to destroy our communities by distributing illegal opioids. The RPD, in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies, will pursue justice for the families who lose loved ones to the opioid crisis and will never concede in our efforts to prevent opioid overdoses in our city.”

According to the court documents and other information presented in court, on April 11, 2017, the RPD responded to a 911 call for a suspected overdose death.  The investigation that followed confirmed that a 22-year-old woman lost her life due to a fentanyl overdose.  Ultimately, law enforcement learned that Webb was the source of supply for the drugs that led to the fatal overdose. 

Text messages found on the victim’s phone showed that she arranged to purchase heroin from Amanda McLeod (indicted separately) on the day she died. Video footage from a Food Lion showed the victim withdrawing money from an ATM and getting into a vehicle law enforcement later learned McLeod drove and that Treveris Montel Coward, Webb’s co-defendant, was the vehicle’s front seat passenger.  During the investigation, law enforcement learned that the day before the overdose death, the victim suffered a non-fatal overdose after taking drugs suspected to be laced with fentanyl, also distributed by McLeod and sourced by Webb.  McLeod contacted Coward when the victim began to overdose, and both Coward and Webb came to the scene and revived her. Despite the victim’s recent overdose, additional fentanyl, distributed by McLeod and sourced by Webb, was provided to the victim the following day, which caused her to overdose and die.

The investigation into the overdose death led investigators to look into drug trafficking activities of Webb and uncovered another case from August of 2016 where a young man suffered a non-fatal overdose and identified Webb as his supplier. In addition, a confidential informant was utilized to purchase heroin from Webb in 2015.  Webb was later arrested in March of 2017 after a traffic stop in Duplin County, which resulted in the seizure of 18 bindles of heroin found in Webb’s underwear. 

On February 3, 2021, McLeod (5:20-cr-533-1D) pled guilty to distributing a quantity of fentanyl and aiding and abetting. On October 4, 2022, Coward (5:21-cr-00148-D-2) pled guilty to distributing a quantity of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl and aiding and abetting.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by Judge James C. Dever III.  The Raleigh Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer C. Nucci prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for case number 5:21-cr-00148-D-1.

Read the original article on the US DOJ website.