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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia
For Immediate Release
Jessica D. Aber, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-edva
Friday, April 8, 2022

Philadelphia-Based Fentanyl Distributor Sentenced

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania man was sentenced today to 148 months in prison for supplying over 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl to multiple redistributors in Prince William County.

According to court documents, Eronus Blay, 45, served as the source of supply for tens of thousands of counterfeit, pressed pills containing fentanyl that were distributed to users in and around Manassas. The blue pills bore the markings of Oxycodone, and local distributors including Cameron Jackson, 23, Lander Milla, 23, and Nicole Oliphant, 36, all of Manassas, would travel to Philadelphia or New Jersey to meet with Blay and purchase the pills, which became known locally to users as “Phillies.”

Once the pills were acquired, the local distributors would return to the Eastern District of Virginia and sell them at a mark-up. Between June and October of 2020, law enforcement utilized an undercover officer and purchased hundreds of the fentanyl pills from the local members of the distribution network. In December of 2020, during court-authorized searches of residences tied to Jackson, Milla, and Blay, law enforcement recovered two firearms along with over $100,000 in drug proceeds.

The other three members of the conspiracy have already been sentenced for their respective roles in the conspiracy. On February 25, Jackson was sentenced to 130 months in prison. On August 17, 2021, Milla was sentenced to 84 months in prison. On September 3, 2021, Nicole Oliphant, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Jason Miyares, Attorney General of Virginia; Peter Newsham, Chief of Prince William County Police; and Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel M. Roberts prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:21-cr-126.

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