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Evans man indicted in death linked to fentanyl overdose

An Evans man who has been jailed since early March was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on a charge of distributing fentanyl that caused a death, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul said

John Haak, 34, allegedly sold the potentially lethal substance to the man, who died on Feb. 28 in his Hamburg home. An investigation produced texts on the victim’s cell phone from Haak allegedly warning him to be careful in using the fentanyl. An autopsy confirmed the man died of the fatal overdose of fentanyl, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimental.

If convicted as charged in the one-count indictment, Haak faces a mandatory federal prison term of at least 30 years and a possible life term and a fine of up to $1 million.

Haak remains in custody and is facing arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy later this month.

“This case represents another in our ongoing effort to bring the full force of federal law against those drug traffickers who are willingly selling illegal and often deadly commodities,” Hochul said.