Beaver County man accused of selling heroin-fentanyl mix that led to a death |

Beaver County man accused of selling heroin-fentanyl mix that led to a death

Natasha Lindstrom

A Beaver County man is accused of selling a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a person dying, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Zachary Martin Cymbalak, 32, who resides in the borough of Freedom, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on two counts of narcotics charges in connection to a fatality, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Officials did not identify the person who died in connection to the charges filed against Cymbalak nor provide further details.

According to the indictment returned this week, Cymbalak obtained and distributed heroin, fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl that resulted in a death, Brady said.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller that can be 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Acetyl fentanyl can be 15 times stronger than morphine.

As little as 2 or 3 nanograms of pure fentanyl per milliliter of blood can be deadly.

If convicted, Cymbalak could face a maximum possible sentence of not less than 20 years to life in prison and a fine of not more than $1 million.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad R. Parks is prosecuting the case with help from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Beaver County Drug Task Force and Harmony Township police.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Local | Regional
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.