Elizabeth City Man Receives 20-Year Sentence for Drug Trafficking Resulting in Overdose Death

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – A man from Elizabeth City has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his involvement in trafficking drugs that led to a fatal overdose. Tyrese Stokley, 39, was convicted for distributing heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine, resulting in a person’s death in February of 2020.

The U.S. Attorney, Michael Easley, expressed concern about the impact of fentanyl overdoses on communities and American life expectancy. He stated that drug dealers who mix fentanyl into their products will face consequences and emphasized the commitment to bringing those responsible for perpetuating the overdose crisis to justice.

The investigation into the overdose death of a young woman on March 1, 2020, revealed that the cause was fentanyl. It was later found that Stokely was responsible for distributing the fentanyl that caused the woman’s death the previous day.

According to court documents, Stokely distributed 59.99 grams of cocaine, .2 grams of fentanyl, and 45.3 grams of heroin through controlled purchases conducted by several police departments. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines 2 milligrams of fentanyl as a potentially lethal dose.

Stokley’s actions have drawn attention to the deadly impact of fentanyl-laced drugs and the efforts to combat the overdose crisis. The sentencing serves as a warning to individuals involved in drug trafficking, particularly those who disregard the potential consequences of their actions on human life.

The case underscores the ongoing battle against drug trafficking, particularly in light of the prevalence of fentanyl-related overdoses in communities across the nation. The sentencing reflects the authorities’ commitment to hold accountable those who contribute to the devastating impact of opioids on individuals and communities.