West Norriton man admits role in Lower Providence man’s fatal overdose

NORRISTOWN — A West Norriton man will learn his fate in April after he admitted to acting recklessly or negligently when he supplied the dangerous drug fentanyl to a Lower Providence man who later died of an overdose. Kevin Wayne Foraker, 40, of the 100 block of Wendover Drive, pleaded […]

NORRISTOWN — A West Norriton man will learn his fate in April after he admitted to acting recklessly or negligently when he supplied the dangerous drug fentanyl to a Lower Providence man who later died of an overdose.

Kevin Wayne Foraker, 40, of the 100 block of Wendover Drive, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl in connection with the May 22, 2020, overdose death of 37-year-old Brian Lang.

Judge Thomas C. Branca deferred sentencing until April 4 so that court officials can complete a background investigation report about Foraker, who will have to undergo drug and alcohol evaluations.

The open plea means Foraker, who remains free on bail pending sentencing, has no deals with prosecutors regarding his potential sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Roderick McCord Fancher III vowed to seek a state prison sentence against Foraker.

Defense lawyer Carol Sweeney represents Foraker.

Under state law, a person commits involuntary manslaughter when as a direct result of acting in a reckless or grossly negligent manner they cause the death of another person. That single charge is punishable by a possible maximum sentence of 2½ to 5 years in prison.

The investigation began about 11:02 p.m. May 22, 2020, when Lower Providence police responded to a report of a medical emergency at a residence in the 4000 block of Defford Place, according to the criminal complaint filed by Lower Providence Detective Michael Nastasi and Montgomery County Detective Nathan Walters.

Emergency responders attempted lifesaving measures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but Lang was pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m.

An autopsy determined Lang, formerly of Harleysville and a graduate of Souderton Area High School, died from the adverse effects of fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that is often cut with other street drugs such as heroin and law enforcement officials maintain it is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

During the investigation, detectives recovered empty blue wax paper bags and several unopened blue wax paper bags held together by a rubber band inside Lang’s bedroom, according to court papers.

“Through our knowledge, training and experience, these items were consistent with the packaging of heroin/fentanyl,” Nastasi and Walters alleged in the arrest affidavit.

During the investigation, detectives analyzed the contents of Lang’s cellphone and found text message communications between Lang and Foraker that were consistent with communications surrounding a drug transaction that occurred just hours before Lang’s death, according to the criminal complaint. Cell site analysis showed Foraker’s phone traveling from his home in West Norriton to the general area of Lang’s residence during the late evening hours of May 22, detectives alleged.

Court documents indicate Lang and Foraker were coworkers at a Norristown area party rentals company.

When Foraker was interviewed by detectives he admitted that he provided heroin or fentanyl to Lang, “four bags for $20,” according to the criminal complaint.

Other charges of drug delivery resulting in death, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and criminal use of a communication facility will be dismissed against Foraker at time of sentencing in exchange for his guilty plea to the manslaughter charge, according to court documents.

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