Heroin seller sentenced to 20 years

Mark Wilson

A former Mount Jackson man has been sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 20 years in prison on charges linked to his role in a non-fatal heroin overdose case.

Court documents state Mark Nathaniel Wilson, 24, sold Todd Webb, 22, of New Market about .014 ounces of heroin on April 12, 2014. Webb and another man, identified in court documents as Matthew Garcia, injected the heroin bought from Wilson soon after the transaction.

A sentencing memorandum written by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Day Rottenborn states: “Within moments after shooting the heroin, Mr. Garcia – who had not done any other opiate-based drugs that day and who was not as regular of a heroin user as Mr. Webb – overdosed. He became unresponsive and appeared to his friends to be dying.”

The sentencing memorandum states the driver of the car in which they were passengers called 911. Paramedics and sheriff’s deputies from Shenandoah County and police from Mount Jackson arrived at the Sheetz gas station at 227 Conicville Boulevard where they found Garcia.

The paramedics revived Garcia by giving him a dose of Narcan, a drug used to counteract the effects of heroin overdoses.

Todd Webb

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office said Garcia was then taken to Sentara-Rockingham Memorial Hospital where he was later released.

Dellinger said the Sheriff’s Office and Mount Jackson police subsequently launched an investigation that involved executing a search warrant at Wilson’s residence at 8511 Orkney Grade. Dellinger said Wilson was arrested at his residence. Webb was also arrested at his residence at 1919 Ridge Road.

The two defendants were initially arrested on state charges, but the cases were later transferred to the U.S. attorney in Harrisonsburg.

“They agreed to be very aggressive with those types of cases and, with their help, we were able to put together enough evidence against Mr. Wilson,” Dellinger said of federal prosecutors.

Webb was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of distributing heroin, but his charge, unlike Wilson’s, did not include wording that held him responsible for causing serious bodily injury.

Wilson’s charge was the mandatory minimum under federal law for cases involving a charge of distributing heroin that leads to a non-fatal overdose.

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