2 men accused of conspiracy to distribute heroin in region

A Philadelphia man, one of two indicted by a federal grand jury Friday, allegedly provided heroin and fentanyl to a man who overdosed and died from the combination.

Tarron Anthony Dennis, 23, and Warren Jahleel Johnson, 26, both of Philadelphia, allegedly were part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin in the city and region since December.

The indictment alleges that Dennis sold heroin to an individual on Dec. 9, 2016, that resulted in his death, according to U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler.

The charges stem from an investigation by the state police and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting this matter.

This case was brought as part of a district-wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin, Brandler said.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, the city public safety director, said police Chief David J. Young is keeping him abreast of the heroin-related arrests in the city.

Campana said it was his understanding the cooperation between the state police and federal law enforcement agencies is running smoothly.

Led by the U.S. Attorney’s office, the federal heroin initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the state’s Middle District. It is a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the federal sentencing guidelines.

Dennis faces a minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, with a life imprisonment maximum sentence if convicted of the offense. Johnson faces a minimum 10 years’ imprisonment and maximum life sentence for these offenses. The maximum penalty under federal law is life imprisonment, a term of three years supervised release following imprisonment, and a $1 million dollar fine.

If convicted or pleading guilty and sentenced in federal court, there is no parole, according to Young.