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Man supplied drugs to friend who overdosed, gets 5-10 years

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office says a 29-year-old Bensalem man was sentenced Tuesday to five to 10 years in state prison after he supplied drugs to his friend who then overdosed on them. 

James E. Breneman pleaded guilty in October 2017. Officials say his 25-year-old friend was found dead on his bed in his Bensalem home in January 2017. 

The DA says the two friends texted the night before about dabbling in heroin, and arranged for Breneman to buy six bags of heroin and deliver five to his friend's home. The drugs turned out to contain 3-methylfentanyl, a synthetic opioid considered about 100 to 200 times stronger than fentanyl.

Officials say Breneman already snorted the drugs and found them unusually potent, but still gave them to his friend. 

Breneman's friend had participated in rehab programs before, officials said, which may have lowered his tolerance and made him especially vulnerable to overdosing. 

The DA said Brenemen regretted not refusing his friend's request for drugs “but it’s hard for an addict to tell another addict not to get high. I wish I had said no.”

Breneman has also been sentenced to five years consecutive probation after his prison sentence. 

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