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Court says Seaford man's drugs caused fatal overdose

Delaware News Desk
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times

A Seaford man has pleaded guilty to drug charges after he admitted selling heroin mixed with fentanyl. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, his drugs killed a Seaford woman in March 2019.

According to statements made in open court, 28-year-old Roy Horsey was selling a substance containing both heroin and fentanyl in March 2019. On March 8, Horsey sold the substance, stamped “Shooter,” to a Seaford man, and the man shared those drugs with his wife. A few hours later, the man woke up to find his wife in medical distress. He administered CPR, but his wife died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose. 

A few days later, Delaware State Police executed a search warrant at Horsey’s house. They found about 333 baggies of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, most of which were stamped “Shooter.”

“Shooter” caused three deaths and a number of non-fatal overdoses in Sussex County between March 9-13, 2019, as well as overdoses in Kent and New Castle Counties. The Seaford woman's death is the only one that has been tied to Horsey.

On March 10, 2020, Horsey pleaded guilty to the felony charge of possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin and fentanyl. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

“This defendant gambled with other people’s lives when he decided to sell heroin. Now he’ll roll the dice as the criminal justice system decides an appropriate period of incarceration.” said U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss.  “The First State Overdose Task Force and my office will continue to investigate people who sell drugs that cause overdoses – no matter the type of drug or quantity of drugs involved. Dealers will have to decide if it’s worth the risk."

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the First State Overdose Task Force, with assistance from the Delaware State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer K. Welsh prosecuted the case.