A local man was recently sentenced to state prison for his role in the sale of fentanyl that led to the death of a Crawford County resident in 2018.
Dustin J. Dingle, 27, of Corry, was sentenced to serve three to six years in prison by Judge Daniel Brabender at Erie County Court on Monday. Dingle was also sentenced to four years of probation following his release from prison.
In October, Dingle pled guilty to a first-degree felony count of conspiracy - drug delivery resulting in death.
Dingle and another man identified as Marvin B. Parker, 27, of New York, were charged by Pennsylvania State Police at Corry with supplying the fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of Jason Paul Jones, 40, who was found unresponsive at 45008 Union Cemetery Road in Oil Creek Township at about 12:30 p.m. on March 7, 2018, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with a criminal complaint.
A witness to the drug transaction was developed through an investigation, and the witness confirmed Dingle and Parker were the suppliers of the fentanyl that resulted in the death of Jones.
The Corry Journal previously reported that a controlled narcotics purchase was then executed by police at 220-2 East St., Corry, on March 8, 2018, which resulted in the arrest of Dingle as well as Tasha R. Paver, 26, of Corry, for drug-related offenses.
During an interview with state police, Dingle admitted to being present when Parker sold the heroin/fentanyl that led to Jones' death and said he is a middle man who sets up drug purchases for Parker.
Dingle confirmed that on March 6, 2018, he was contacted about buying drugs from Parker via Facebook's messaging system.
Dingle and another witness independently confirmed Parker conducted the sale of drugs that led to the overdose of Jones and the deal was completed in Dingle's East Street residence.
Jones later received the drugs from this transaction and used them intravenously at his own residence.
Facebook and phone records show that Dingle and Parker used these means to sell drugs out of Dingle's apartment and also to set up the specific transaction involving the drugs that killed Jones.
The Erie Times-News reports Dingle said in court Monday that he thought the fentanyl was heroin.
Parker was later arrested in Monroe County in July 2018 and transported to Erie to answer the charges. He pled guilty to a first-degree felony count of conspiracy - drug delivery resulting in death, and was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison.
Online court records show Paver was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in state prison followed by three years of probation for a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver.