On May 20th, 2021

San Diego Man Pleads Guilty in Fentanyl Overdose Death California DHCS investigators assisted with this investigation

SAN DIEGO – On May 19, 2021, Tony Davis, 65, pleaded guilty in federal court, admitting that he supplied fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of Jacqueline Galvan, 41, of San Diego on October 24, 2018.

According to his plea agreement, Davis agreed to sell more than 100 grams of what he knew to be heroin in the fall of 2018, and that on October 24, 2018 he distributed heroin and fentanyl to another street-level drug dealer who in turn distributed the drugs that caused Galvan’s death.

Davis further acknowledged selling more than 100 grams of heroin to the drug dealer who was, in turn, distributing those drugs to others. Davis pleaded guilty to Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 6, 2021.

DEA Narcotic Task Force Team 10 led the investigation in this case. Team 10 is a specialty unit, with investigators from HSI, FBI, San Diego Police Department, California Department of Health Care Services and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, that investigates overdose deaths in San Diego.  Team 10 responds to the discovery of overdose victims and aggressively pursues criminal cases, up the distribution chain, against the dealers and their sources of supply.

“This is an excellent example of local, state and federal law enforcement officers working together to stop the flow of illegal drugs that plague or society,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “Pursuing the drug dealers who are selling to street level dealers can really make a difference.”


Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl – Title 21, U.S.C., Section 841(a)(1)

Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin – Title 21, U.S.C., Section 841(a)(1) & 846

Penalties: Mandatory minimum five years in prison; maximum 40 years in prison


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