A Front Royal man pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to distributing two fatal fenatnyl-laced doses of heroin in the fall of 2017, according to the office of acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar.
Glenn Eugene Sovereign Jr., 43, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to two counts of distributing fentanyl, a news release from Bubar’s office states. Because the recipients of the distribution died from an overdose by ingesting fentanyl, Sovereign faces a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison and a potential life sentence.
“When Sovereign trafficked fentanyl-laced heroin to an already-vulnerable group of people, he perpetuated their addiction and despair, and ultimately caused their death,” Bubar states in the news release. “Because of the hard work and persistence of our federal and state partners, Sovereign has been brought to justice and will spend the better part of his life in federal prison.”
Sovereign admitted Wednesday that in the fall of 2017 he made trips from Front Royal to Baltimore, Maryland, to buy heroin, the release states.
Sovereign met with one victim in Front Royal on Oct. 24, 2017, according to the release. The victim purchased a small packet of heroin from Sovereign that contained fentanyl. The victim ingested the contents of the packet, and as a result died later that night.
Sovereign also traveled to Baltimore to meet his source of supply on or around Oct. 25, 2017, where he bought 1 gram of heroin, the news release states. When Sovereign returned to Front Royal, the second victim visited Sovereign’s house where she and Sovereign ingested four to five Ritalin pills.
Before Sovereign later left for work, he provided the second victim with a small packet of heroin, which contained fentanyl, the news release states. The second victim ingested the contents of the packet and died on or about Oct. 26, 2017.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh is prosecuting the case.