Man charged with distributing fentanyl, heroin at Near West Side VA medical center

One man was charged with selling fentanyl-laced heroin, and another was charged with possessing fentanyl and heroin with the intent to deliver.

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Two men have been charged with distributing or intending to distribute fentanyl and heroin this summer at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 W. Damen Ave.

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A man is charged with selling fentanyl-laced heroin at a Veterans Affairs facility in Chicago this summer, and another is charged with possession of fentanyl and heroin with intent to sell it in the facility’s parking lot.

Richard Husband, 73, is accused of delivering bags containing fentanyl and heroin July 22 to three men in the lobby of the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 820 S. Damen Ave. One of the men later overdosed in his home and died, according to federal prosecutors.

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Surveillance footage in the center’s lobby captured the drug deals, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Husband also is accused of delivering heroin at a bus stop near the VA medical center on July 2. He is charged with distribution of a controlled substance.

On June 25, another man was found in possession of fentanyl and heroin in the VA medical center’s parking lot, prosecutors said.

A pedestrian alerted police about a vehicle with its door open, and officers observed a straw with a gray powder residue in the center console area, prosecutors said.

Officers confronted Wayne Townsend, 71, when he returned to his car, and he consented to a search, which led authorities to seize drug paraphernalia and $1,000 in cash. He also had nine bags containing fentanyl and heroin in his pockets, prosecutors said.

Townsend is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Husband and Townsend were arrested Monday, and the investigation is ongoing, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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