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Heroin dealer sentenced after two women overdose

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. - A 43-year-old man who sold a potent mix of heroin and fentanyl, which caused multiple overdoses, was sentenced Thursday to serve five to 10 years in state prison. 

Lawson Young, of Richlandtown in Bucks County, pleaded guilty in three separate felony drug possession or delivery cases, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. 

In one incident in late January, a woman overdosed in a bathroom of Penn Foundation Recovery but was revived with Naloxone. Young was then searched by a staff member and was found to have 11 bags of heroin, suspected methamphetamine and $189 in cash. 

"What is worse, he sells it to individuals while at Penn Foundation endangering those who are seeking to overcome addictions," said Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gannon. 

In a separate case in January, a young woman overdosed in the backseat of her car in Quakertown. Police found the 20-year-old and revived her with Naloxone. 

Gannon discovered the woman used a 'potent mix' of heroin and fentanyl, which came in a baggie with the stamp "China White" on it. Gannon connected "China White" with three other overdoses in the Quakertown area in December.

Quakertown police arrested Young a few days after the Penn Foundation Recovery incident, in which a search came up with four packets of heroin -- two with the stamp "China White". 

The Bucks County DA states Young told the judge he had a 40-bag per day heroin habit at the time of his arrests. However, he denied knowing "China White" contained fentanyl and that he didn't know two of his customers overdosed until weeks later. 

Young is also to receive six years of probation after his imprisonment, during which he will be required to undergo drug and alcohol treatment. 


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