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The charges relate to events that occurred between September 2017 and February 2018. During that time Culton allegedly supplied Herbert Nathans, 29, of Roswell, with “hundreds of fake Roxicodone pills” from Culton’s apartment in Buckhead, according to the DOJ. The pills were blue and imprinted with M30, resembling 30mg Roxicodone tablets.
Nathans allegedly sold some of those pills to a man who then died from a drug overdose on Oct. 3, 2017, the DOJ says. Nathans also allegedly sold one pill to a woman who overdosed after ingesting part of the pill on Jan. 8, 2018.
The DEA and Roswell police began to investigate Nathans and Culton. In January and February, undercover Roswell police officers purchased pills from Nathans on multiple occasions. On Feb. 15, the DEA executed a search warrant at Culton’s apartment and seized more than 900 of the blue fentanyl-laced pills.
“This counterfeit ‘pill peddler’ (Culton) was a menace to society,” Robert J. Murphy, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement. “Pills in the underground drug market are often diluted with dangerous and deadly substances, as was the case in this investigation. Purchasing pills on the street is synonymous to playing Russian roulette, as there’s no quality control or efficacy in the process.”
On Aug. 13, Nathans pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Hartigan is prosecuting the case, which is being presented as part of Operation SCOPE — Strategically Combatting Opioids through Prosecution and Enforcement — an initiative launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to partner with federal and local law enforcement to fight illegally prescribed painkillers, heroin and opioids.
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Officers from multiple departments stepped in to save the man's life.