Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested for Selling Fentanyl Resulting in Death
CONCORD — A suspected drug dealer remains in custody for allegedly selling fentanyl to a former classmate, resulting in her overdose death. The suspect was arrested based on texts evidence obtained from the young woman’s phone.
Gage Pascoe, 22 of Concord, is accused of selling narcotics to the victim and purchasing legitimate prescription Adderall pills from her. She and the victim have known each other since attending high school in Walnut Creek.
Gage allegedly sold counterfeit Oxycodone pills to the woman, which contained fentanyl, when he lived in Pittsburg. The victim traveled to the suspect’s Lynbrook Drive address on June 16 to purchase the drugs.
The victim was found dead the following day inside her home in Walnut Creek. An autopsy report determined that the young woman died from an overdose of fentanyl.
Concord police investigated the case, working in collaboration with Walnut Creek police, and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Concord officers arrested Pascoe on December 5.
Pascoe faces federal charges for distribution of fentanyl resulting in death or great physical injury. If convicted, he faces 20 years to life in prison, and a maximum fine of $1 million.
Pascoe is being held in Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail. He is ineligible for release on bond, pending further legal proceedings. Pascoe is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on December 14 in federal court in San Francisco.
This case is being prosecuted by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. It is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.