- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged a New Castle man with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of another person.

U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly III says the indictment handed down last week is the first of its kind in Delaware.

Oberly says the number of deaths related to heroin laced with fentanyl has reached epidemic proportions, and that drug dealers can expect to face similar indictments.

Authorities alleged that 28-year-old Donte Jacobs, who was arraigned Wednesday, conspired to distribute a controlled substance that resulted in the fentanyl-related death of a Pennsylvania woman in June.

If convicted, Jacobs faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison.

An attorney for Jacobs did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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