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Man sought for Manchester-area fatal opioid overdose
Police have filed felony charges against a York City man accused of providing an illegal opioid to a Manchester-area Army veteran who fatally overdosed on the drug.
Donald Lee Mims Jr., 28, of 606 E. Market St., is wanted on felony charges including drug delivery resulting in death and drug possession with intent to deliver.
Northeastern Regional Police filed the charges Wednesday, and Mims has not yet been arraigned, according to court records.
Charging documents allege Mims sold fentanyl to Dustin Lee Graves, who was found dead in his bedroom at his mother's East Manchester Township home the morning of Aug. 5.
Iraq veteran: Graves, 31, served in the Army for six years, including in Iraq as a Calvary Scout in the 116th Infantry from 2006 to 2007, according to his obituary.
He was honored with several medals and ribbons for his service and was working as a cross-dock supervisor for a Strinestown business when he died, the obituary states.
Northeastern Regional Police Detective Brian O'Melko filed the charges and alleges he uncovered a cellphone conversation in which Mims agreed to sell "a bag" to Graves for $10.
A $10 "bag" would generally be a bag of heroin, which is sometimes cut with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic prescription opioid. Dealers sometimes cut heroin with fentanyl.
The texting continued, with Graves saying he was "out front" of Mims' place and that "One bag is fine."
Deadly drug: Seven of York County's 62 confirmed opioid deaths in 2015 involved fentanyl only, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay, who has said eight other 2015 overdose deaths were caused by a mix of heroin and fentanyl.
An autopsy and toxicology testing determined Graves died of fentanyl toxicity, according to charging documents.
It is unclear whether Mims has retained an attorney.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at email@example.com.