Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

State Ag Charges Man in Two Fatal Overdoses New Brighton Dealer Allegedly Responsible

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

State Ag Charges Man in Two Fatal Overdoses New Brighton Dealer Allegedly Responsible

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On Feb. 10, Jonathan Levitt, 22, overdosed on a fentanyl mix in the basement of his North Fayette home and died.

Eighteen days later and 30 miles away, 33-year-old Jeffrey Haslett overdosed on fentanyl in the bathroom of his New Brighton home and died.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro believes the same man supplied the drugs that killed both Mr. Levitt and Mr. Haslett. On Wednesday, he announced that Robert Allen "Juice" Goosby, 27, of New Brighton, faces two counts of drug delivery resulting in death.

"I believe this dealer needs to be held accountable for cutting short the lives of these individuals," Mr. Shapiro said during a news conference on the steps of the Beaver County Courthouse.

Investigators believe Mr. Goosby sold what he claimed was heroin to Joshua Heck, 30, of New Brighton, who in turn passed several stamp bags along to both Mr. Levitt and Mr. Haslett during separate encounters, according to a criminal complaint.

Mr. Levitt overdosed on fentanyl and amphetamine; Mr. Haslett on fentanyl alone.

Investigators tracked the fentanyl to Mr. Goosby, and undercover officers bought fentanyl from him five times in March and April, according to the complaint.

Mr. Goosby is just one of 22 people charged with dealing drugs in the Beaver County area as part of an eight-month investigation that culminated with Mr. Goosby's indictment this week, Mr. Shapiro said.

Heck also is one of the 22 people charged and faces delivery of a controlled substance and intent to deliver. All of the 22 people targeted in the roundup face at least one count of delivery of a controlled substance, Mr. Shapiro said.

"Beaver County, we hear you," he said. "We know there are serious challenges here. We will rid this county of the people peddling this poison and rid it of the poison itself."

Mr. Goosby is the seventh person Mr. Shapiro has charged with drug delivery resulting in death in recent months, and the first person to face the charge in Beaver County. …

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