A Duquesne man accused of providing the drugs that resulted in the 2017 overdose death of a 28-year-old Clairton man is on trial this week in Allegheny County court.
Tyree Marce Saunders, 27, is accused of providing 20 stamp bags of drugs that were sold as heroin to Jeremy Clark, who overdosed on March 22, 2017, in Clairton, according to a criminal complaint.
Clairton police said they used Clark’s cellphone to identify Saunders and arrange for another drug deal. Saunders was taken into custody at a pizza parlor in Duquesne, where police said they found heroin on him. They also took possession of his phone, which showed the text messages he exchanged with police and Clark, according to the criminal complaint.
Lab tests of the drugs found on Saunders and toxicology reports from Clark’s autopsy revealed it was pure fentanyl that was being sold by Saunders, according to the criminal complaint.
Saunders is being tried on charges including drug delivery resulting in death, possession of drugs and criminal use of a phone. The case is being heard by Judge David Cashman.
“I don’t believe they have the right guy,” Joe Horowitz, Saunders attorney, said.