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Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Fentanyl Distributed at Irving Hotel That Caused Death

Eric Michael King

In May of 2023, Eric King from Coppell sold fentanyl to a victim at an Irving hotel, resulting in the victim's death after ingesting the opioid in Denton County. King was arrested in June of the same year and charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing Death in Dallas County. Further investigation uncovered another fentanyl overdose connected to King's distribution. On April 22, 2024, King pleaded guilty and received a 30-year prison sentence.

Community Awareness Alert

The Irving Police Department issued a Community Awareness notice about the dangers of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, significantly stronger than heroin and morphine, and a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S. Notably, counterfeit Percocet M30 pills, round blue pills marked with "M" on one side and "30" on the other, are circulating in the street market. It's important to be aware that contact with powdered fentanyl can also have immediate effects.

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