Lancaster County Man Convicted of Delivering Fentanyl/Cocaine Resulting in Death

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LANCASTER, PA — A Columbia man was convicted of drug delivery resulting in death, possession of fentanyl and methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and criminal use of a communication facility in Lancaster County Court on June 8, announced Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury found Jeffrey Shackelford, 47 of the 500 block of Goldfinch Road, guilty on all of the felony offenses after a three-day trial before Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright that concluded Wednesday.

Shackelford had been arrested on the possession with intent to deliver charges after the Lancaster County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at his residence in August 2021 and found 87 grams of meth, 15 grams of fentanyl, packaging materials, scales, and $7,930 in cash.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, the drugs and cash were hidden throughout various areas of the residence with the cash being hidden in a compartment behind a picture frame in the bathroom wall.

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The fentanyl found was divvied up into 240 bags, something Assistant District Attorney Christopher Miller said was packaged to sell and could kill everyone in the courtroom, in the hallway, and more.

Fentanyl is 80 to 200 times more potent than heroin.

A month later in September 2021, Manheim Township Police Department charged Shackelford with drug delivery resulting in death and criminal use of a communication facility after it was discovered he sold a mixture of fentanyl/heroin/tramadol and also cocaine to a victim who overdosed and died as a result.

ADA Miller presented evidence and testimony during trial that showed text messages between the defendant and victim arranging the deal hours before their death, video footage of the defendant and victim meeting up for the drug transaction, the toxicology reports of the victim, and video footage of the defendant admitting to detectives he sold the drugs to the victim.

In one of the text messages the victim inquired about how to use the drugs and Shackelford responded “Crush it” at 12:10 a.m. on April 13, 2021, shortly after video evidence showed the victim getting into the defendant’s car at a Turkey Hill in Lancaster County.

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Manheim Township Police responded to a residence on Hollywood Drive that same day at 4:54 a.m. for the report of a cardiac arrest. The victim was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where they were pronounced deceased.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office ruled the victim’s cause of death as combined drug toxicity and the manner as accidental.

Defense argued that the defendant didn’t know the heroin was cut with fentanyl and that the drugs may have not killed the victim if it wasn’t.

“He gets not one iota of credit for not knowing what was in these chemicals,” ADA Miller responded in his closing argument. “He put those drugs into [the victim’s] hands knowing what they may do to [the victim]. He is directly responsible for delivering the drugs that resulted in [the victim’s] death.”

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The jury deliberated for about two hours before returning its verdict.

Shackelford remains in Lancaster County Prison awaiting trial. His bail was revoked.

Manheim Township Police Detective Lee Billiter filed charges for the drug delivery resulting in death and criminal use of a communication facility charges; Lancaster County Drug Task Force Detective Thomas Ziegler filed the possession with intent to deliver charges. Both testified at trial.

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