NORRISTOWN >> A Philadelphia man allegedly sold 12 bags of pure fentanyl to a Spring City man during a drug deal in Norristown, a drug delivery that turned fatal, according to prosecutors.
Davi “Sheed” Wilson, 25, of the 2400 block of West Glenwood Avenue, was arraigned recently before District Court Judge Francis J. Lawrence on charges of drug delivery resulting in death, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person and criminal use of communication facilities in connection with the March 29, 2017, overdose death of Tom Treys, 25, of Spring City, Chester County.
Wilson was unable to post $500,000 cash bail and remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility while awaiting his Oct. 18 preliminary hearing on the charges.
Wilson is the sixth person to be charged with drug delivery resulting in death in Montgomery County this year.
“Tom Treys died by someone poisoning him and that someone was a drug dealer,” District Attorney Kevin R. Steele alleged on Monday.
“Anyone dealing drugs in Montgomery County needs to hear this message: if you deal drugs like pills, heroin or fentanyl and we can prove that the drugs you sold caused someone’s death, you will be charged with homicide,” Steele added.
Authorities alleged that while Treys apparently believed he had purchased heroin from Wilson, in reality, it was pure fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 40 to 50 times more deadly than street-level heroin, according to prosecutors.
An autopsy determined that the cause of Treys’ death was acute fentanyl and alcohol intoxication. Officials with the Chester County Coroner’s Office said that the fentanyl would have still killed Treys if there hadn’t been any alcohol in his system.
An investigation began about 9:17 p.m. March 29 when Spring City police responded to a report of an overdose in the 200 block of Riverside Drive in the borough. Police found Treys, who resided on Riverside Drive, unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his Honda Accord. Authorities subsequently pronounced Treys dead at the scene.
A woman who had been with Treys told authorities that she snorted a bag of heroin and Treys snorted two bags of heroin and that “this time it felt like nothing she had done in the past,” according to the criminal complaint filed by detectives. The investigation determined the woman and Treys purchased 12 bags of purported heroin for $60 from a man known as “Sheed” in Norristown earlier on March 29.
Treys and the woman had traveled to Jamison Alley, between George and Chain streets, in Norristown, and purchased what they believed was heroin from a young male who was sent by “Sheed.” After purchasing the heroin, Treys and the woman drove back to Treys’ home and used the heroin.
Numerous bags of suspected heroin were recovered from Treys’ vehicle and when they were analyzed they were identified as containing fentanyl, court documents indicate.
Authorities subsequently identified “Sheed” as Wilson and authorities launched an investigation of his alleged activities. During the course of the investigation, narcotics detectives oversaw several controlled buys of heroin from Wilson in Norristown, court papers indicate. Many of the bags of purported heroin purchased from Wilson contained fentanyl instead of heroin, detectives alleged.
“We are committed to stopping the flow of this deadly drug into our communities,” Steele said after Wilson’s arrest.