An Oklahoma man is accused of dealing fake narcotic pills that caused the overdose death of a person last year.
Police charged Joshua Josiah Toliver, 23, with first-degree felony murder in connection to the overdose death of Cole Stamps, 27, in September in Oklahoma County.
According to Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, Toliver sold fake oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl to Stamps, whose probable cause of death was determined to be acute fentanyl toxicity.
Investigators searching Toliver’s residence seized additional pills laced with fentanyl along with a loaded semi-automatic pistol.
“Fentanyl is incredibly dangerous because it is deadly in very small amounts,” O’Connor said. “My office, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to go after those who try to profit from peddling these illicit drugs to Oklahomans.”
Toliver faces charges of trafficking of fentanyl, aggravated trafficking of fentanyl, and the use of a communication device to facilitate the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
According to prosecutors, Toliver has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for distribution of a controlled substance, DUI, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a firearm with possession of a controlled substance.