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Edgewood drug dealer sentenced to 20 years in connection with fatal overdose investigation

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EDGEWOOD, MD – A Harford County drug dealer will spend 20 years behind bars.

Earlier this month, Ronald Sullivan, 49, of Edgewood, pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to 20 years, with all but 15 years suspended. This case also led to a probation violation in a 2011 drug case and Sullivan was sentenced to an additional five years to serve consecutive 20 years of incarceration.

This case stemmed from an investigation into a fatal overdose that occurred on August 2, 2023. The Harford County Drug Taskforce investigation revealed that the victim had been in contact with Sullivan the night before the overdose and exchanged messages that were clearly related to a medicine. purchase. Sullivan was arrested and found to be in possession of cocaine at the time of his arrest. Following the arrest, further investigation linked another deceased victim to Sullivan, revealing that they had also purchased illegal substances from him in July 2023, which ultimately led to their deaths.

Assistant State’s Attorney Stuart Welch argued that because of the facts and circumstances surrounding this case and given that it involved the deaths of two people, an upward departure from the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines, which were calculated at four to 12 years, was warranted .

“Drug distribution is not a victimless crime,” State’s Attorney Alison M. Healey said after the sentencing. “Too often, our community members lose loved ones to the poison unleashed on our streets by individuals who have no respect for human life or the laws expected of us. Overdose cases can be incredibly challenging, and I am proud of Assistant State’s Attorney Welch and his efforts to ensure that the families of these two victims were able to find closure. We will continue to aggressively pursue the maximum charges allowed by law to ensure a strong message is sent to anyone considering dealing drugs in our community.”

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