ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced that Dilpreet Singh pleaded guilty in federal court on May 5 to distribution of heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the death of a man in Annandale. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Claude M. Hilton accepted Singh’s guilty plea and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
“Heroin and fentanyl fatalities across the Commonwealth are on the rise, and Northern Virginia is not immune to this continuing crisis,” said Attorney General Herring. “My team and I will continue to be relentless in holding dealers accountable who are spreading these deadly drugs, especially when it leads to the tragic death of another Virginian. Taking dangerous criminals who were profiting off of addiction out of our communities is an important step towards combating this epidemic, and we won’t stop until this problem is turned around.”
The defendant was identified as a Fairfax County sub-distributor of a dealer in Washington, D.C. In October 2016, he sold heroin and fentanyl to a man in an Annadale Giant grocery store. That individual used the heroin at the store and overdosed, which eventually resulted in his death.
The case was prosecuted by Virginia Assistant Attorneys General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys David A. Peters and Marc J. Birnbaum following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fairfax County Police Department.
Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources, partnered with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente to create the Hampton Roads Heroin Working Group to develop holistic, community-driven solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis, and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. During his time in office, Attorney General Herring has worked more than 75 cases against dealers and traffickers involving more than 375 pounds of heroin.