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17-plus years in prison for drug dealer

By MARK MARONEY

mmaroney@sungazette.com

A man who was among those selling heroin laced with another drug that caused more than 50 overdoses in two days throughout Lycoming County four years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison.

Wayne S. Davidson, 27, was sentenced by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann to 210 months and supervised release of four years following prison sentence.

Davidson and three other men pleaded guilty in October of distributing heroin and carfentanil, a horse tranquilizer used to mix in with heroin, leading to overdoses. Davidson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams and more of heroin and carfentanil resulting in serious bodily injury.

Davidson, Nathan Crowder, Markeese Askew and Raymond Howard were charged and arrested federally following an investigation into an overdose episode that occurred in the summer of 2017. More than 50 overdoses occurred from late June into July of the year.

UPMC Susquehanna treated more than 50 patients within two days, court records said and Sun-Gazette accounts stated.

In his 27 years in law enforcement former Williamsport Police Chief David Young said he never saw anything like the number of heroin overdoses during the 48-hour period.

The overdoses were not confined to the city, but were throughout the county. Some of the addicts in the investigation identified Davidson as their supplier of carfentanail-laced heroin, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisan V. Martin.

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