2 Maryland residents sentenced in WVa heroin deaths

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This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Figures from a 2017 survey released on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, show fewer people used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year, and fewer Americans misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Baltimore man has been sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for providing heroin that resulted in the May 2016 deaths of two West Virginia men.

Twenty-six-year-old Kelvin Johnson was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Martinsburg.

Police have said 18-year-old Jorge Armando Mercado-Medrano of Falling Waters died of an overdose at his home, and 22-year-old Joel Michael Custer of Augusta died a few hours after using heroin at a Bunker Hill strip club.

A co-defendant, 25-year-old Sykebia Stewart of Dundalk, Maryland, was sentenced to more than 24 years for aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin to Mercado-Medrano, who had graduated from Spring Mills High School just prior to his death.
 

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