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St. Louis man sold fatal dose of fentanyl to Chesterfield woman, federal charge says

St. Louis man sold fatal dose of fentanyl to Chesterfield woman, federal charge says


ST. LOUIS • A St. Louis man is facing a federal charge accusing him of selling a fatal dose of a fentanyl to a Chesterfield woman who died in October.

Gary Scott Hancock, 29, of the 4300 block of Delor Street, was charged by complaint Tuesday with distributing fentanyl resulting in a death.

No lawyer is yet listed for Hancock. He is scheduled to be in court Friday for a hearing to determine if he should stay in jail until trial.

Charging documents say that Chesterfield police investigating the Oct. 13 fentanyl overdose death of the woman found text messages in which she agreed to buy "5 beans of fenny for $20," meaning five doses of the drug. Messages showed she'd previously purchased the drug from Hancock, charging documents claim.

On Tuesday, a man told investigators that he also bought fentanyl from Hancock, and Hancock was arrested, the charges say.

Investigators found text messages between Hancock and other drug buyers, charges say. Hancock admitted selling fentanyl and heroin for about a year and admitted selling fentanyl to the woman who overdosed, the charges claim.

Hancock was not aware the woman died. He was asked why he sold what he knew to be an extremely dangerous drug to a woman who had been "in and out of rehabilitation," charges say. "Because she wanted it," he replied, according to the charges.

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