As an opioid crisis ravages Bucks County and the United States as a whole, one drug dealer will serve between 12.5 to 25 years in state prison for the death of his customer.
After his lawyer and prosecutors reached a deal, Derron Thompson, 26, of Bristol Township plead guilty to the death of a man from Levittown
At about 1 p.m. on January 10, 2017 Thompson sold Tyler Mulhern, 29, multiple blue wax paper envelopes under the pretense they contained heroin. Instead, Mulhern injected himself with enough fentanyl to fatally overdose an hour later.
Mulhern’s father came home to his residence on Sugarmaple Drive from work to find his son lifeless on the bathroom floor.
In a police interview, Thompson claimed he believed he was selling heroin and not fentanyl, a drug 50 times more powerful. Thompson also said he was involved as a drug dealer to support his family.
Officials found 106 blue wax papers similar to the ones he sold Mulhern on Thompson at his arrest, along with other drugs including marijuana, Alprazolam, and oxycodone.
Exactly one year after Mulhern’s death on January 10, 2018 Governor Tom Wolf declared the heroin and opioid epidemic a statewide disaster emergency.
According to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, 757 opioid overdoses have occurred in Bucks County in the past 12 months. Most deaths occur in Lower Bucks County.
More information on the opioid crisis in Bucks County, including prevention and treatment, is available on the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office website.