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Dubuque man sentenced to 20 years for selling opioids that caused fatal overdose

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — A Dubuque man who sold a fatal opioid cocktail was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Oct. 14

30-year-old Carl Ravon Watkins received the prison term after a guilty plea to one count of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death.

According to the news release, Watkins admitted that a woman called and texted him looking for heroin last year. 

Watkins met with the woman and her boyfriend and sold her what was supposedly heroin.  The woman took the mixture home, used it later that night, and lost consciousness.  Her boyfriend later found her not breathing. 

After emergency responders arrived, they pronounced the woman pronounced dead.  An autopsy determined that the cause of her death was from mixed drug toxicity.

During a search of the woman’s bedroom, officers found a chunky white substance that tested positive for fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl.

The day after the woman’s death, the Dubuque Drug Task Force set up a meeting with Watkins in an attempt to purchase $80 of purported heroin from him.

When Watkins arrived, officers arrested him at the scene. During his arrest, Wilson dropped a baggie containing about a quarter gram of fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl.

Watkins was ordered to make $7,233 in restitution to the victim’s family for funeral expenses.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  

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