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Heroin Dealer Faces At Least 20 Years After Buyer Dies from Overdose


A Covington man is headed to prison for at least twenty years after pleading guilty to selling heroin that resulted in the death of one of his buyers.

Timothy Tingle-Brown, 29, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to distributing heroin that resulted in death. He admitted to selling heroin to a man in an apartment in Taylor Mill in April of last year. That man later died from an overdose on that heroin.

Tingle-Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury in Covington last September. Trial started last week before Judge David L. Bunning but Tingle-Brown pleaded guilty shortly after a jury was selected.

“This case exemplifies the commitment of our office and our law enforcement partners to the fight against heroin trafficking,” said Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky, in a news release. “Tingle-Brown faces at least twenty years in prison because he chose to sell heroin, a decision with deadly consequences in this case. Others who are tempted to engage in this destructive behavior should take heed of the price to be paid.”

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and James V. Allen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, jointly announced the guilty plea.

The investigation was conducted by the Cincinnati Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Taylor Mill Police Department, and the office of the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke represents the federal government in this matter.

Tingle-Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on September 30, 2014. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life. He also faces a maximum fine of $1,000,000.00 and at least three years of supervised release. However, any sentence will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.

Staff report

Photo: Timothy Tingle-Brown/provided