SAN DIEGO–A drug dealer was sentenced in federal court to 15 years in prison for selling the counterfeit oxycodone pills containing deadly fentanyl that caused the overdose death of a La Jolla resident in June of 2018.
Trevon Antone Lucas, a resident of Highland, California, pleaded guilty in June to Distribution of Fentanyl Resulting in Death. In his plea, he admitted that he posted online advertisements for the illegal sale of prescription pills. The investigation revealed that Lucas was warned about the danger of the pills he was selling on two separate occasions. In late 2017, Lucas was warned that the pills he was selling were counterfeit and contained fentanyl that was much stronger than oxycodone pills. Then, just two months prior to the victim’s death in mid-2018, Lucas was explicitly warned that counterfeit pills containing fentanyl had caused the overdose of a San Diego resident. Lucas was undeterred and continued to sell the counterfeit pills.
“Trevon Lucas knew the pills he was selling were deadly, but he sold them anyway, showing a remarkable disregard for the safety and well-being of his fellow human beings,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “His greed transcended his humanity, and for that he will serve a very long sentence.” Brewer praised prosecutor Michael Deshong and federal, state and local investigators who worked hard to protect the community from the scourge of opioids and achieve justice for the victim and his family.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Karen Flowers. “The potential of their loved one will never be realized; but their hopes, dreams, love and laughter will forever be remembered. Earthly justice is a small measure of what awaits those who prey on the weak out of greed.” Flowers further stated, “We at DEA are proud to be part of bringing justice to families scarred by the scourge of drug trafficking. We are relentless and we will not shy from putting murderers out of business. No matter how hard it is or how long it takes, DEA will always be in pursuit until we can close the case and look at the victim’s loved ones and say, justice is done.”
According to Lucas’ plea agreement, on the evening of June 29, 2018, Lucas met the victim and sold him nine “blues,” a slang term for prescription oxycodone pills, for $240. The “blues” purchased from Lucas were counterfeit and contained deadly fentanyl—the same pills that Lucas had previously been warned about selling. The victim died after consuming the pills. The victim’s mother found him dead in his room the following morning.
Three other individuals, Cenclair Marie Fields, Kevin Vandale Chandler and Donovan Adontas Carter were charged in the same indictment with conspiring with Lucas to distribute prescription hydrocodone pills. All three have since pleaded guilty and been sentenced.