Drug dealer to face 20-years to life in prison

A 62-year-old Galeton man was found guilty by a federal judge of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, fentanyl and heroin resulting in serious bodily injury.

David Piaquadio was found guilty in the four-count indictment by Chief U.S. District Judge Christopher C. Conner.

Conner also found that on March 12, 2015, Piaquadio delivered fentanyl to an individual who overdosed after using the drug.

According to Conner’s memorandum, after receiving the drug from Piaquadio, the individual heated the drug on a spoon and then injected it. The overdose victim was found by his mother unconscious with a syringe stuck in his right arm in close proximity to a metal spoon containing fentanyl residue.

In returning the guilty verdict, Conner found beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of the fentanyl distributed by Piaquadio resulted in serious bodily injury to the individual who overdosed.

Based on that finding, at sentencing Piaquadio faces a 20-year mandatory sentence and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

In the memorandum filed in support of the verdict, Conner found that Piaquadio admitted that he and his girlfriend, Jane Flynn, who is deceased, sold between 100 to 120 oxycodone tablets and one or two fentanyl patches per month.

According to the memorandum, on the morning of March 12, 2015, the day he delivered fentanyl to the overdose victim, Piaquadio filled a prescription for himself of 150 oxycodone tablets and 10 fentanyl patches

U.S. Attorney David J. Freed commended the efforts of first responders from Galeton Borough Police Department, Galeton Hose Ambulance Medic 6, and the emergency medicine staff at UPMC Soldiers and Sailors in Wellsboro, in treating the overdose victim who used fentanyl supplied by Piaquadio.

Conner found that the overdose victim “suffered serious bodily injury in the form of a drug overdose that placed him at serious risk of brain death or physical death without medical intervention.”