Hawaiian Gardens man guilty of selling fentanyl to teen who fatally overdosed: DOJ 

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A man was found guilty on Tuesday of selling fentanyl to a teenager who later overdosed and died. 

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 47-year-old Gregory Hevener placed an advertisement for “BLACK TAR ROOFING MATERIALS” — slang for black tar heroin – on the online marketplace OfferUp in November 2020. Hevener was found to have access to or operated multiple OfferUp accounts, all of which sold drugs. 

The 18-year-old victim, whose name was not released, responded to the ad and traveled to Hevener’s Hawaiian Gardens home to purchase the purported heroin. 

“Instead, Hevener sold what was a black tar-like substance containing fentanyl and tramadol, a pain-relief medication,” DOJ officials said in a statement. “The victim then drove home and took the drugs, suffering a fatal overdose.” 

Authorities with the DEA and the El Monte Police Department began an investigation; in both July and October 2021, detectives searched trash cans outside Hevener’s residence and found discarded plastic bags and burnt pieces of tinfoil containing fentanyl and tramadol residue, the Justice Department said.

The following December, another search and seizure turned up approximately 245 grams of black-tar heroin, a digital scale, burnt tinfoil and a plastic bag containing approximately 1.2 grams of fentanyl. According to the DEA, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. 

Hevener, who has been in federal custody for over two years, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. 

His sentencing date is set for Sept. 16.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum of life in federal prison. 

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.