St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Victim’s Death

July 9, 2019
Matthew Joseph Lusby, 46, of Mechanicsville

Matthew Joseph Lusby, 46, of Mechanicsville

U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang today sentenced Matthew Joseph Lusby, 46, of Mechanicsville, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distribution of fentanyl. As a result of Lusby’s drug distribution, a victim died.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jesse R. Fong of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Field Division; and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement are working together to arrest and prosecute those who peddle deadly fentanyl,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “Fentanyl is killing thousands of people each year in Maryland. We must do everything we can to reduce overdose deaths from this drug and from all opioids.”

According to Lusby’s plea agreement, on May 18, 2018, Lusby distributed fentanyl to Victim 1. Victim 1 was found unresponsive in his home on May 19, 2018, next to hypodermic needles and a small bag of powder that tested positive for fentanyl. Shortly thereafter, Victim 1 was pronounced dead. The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was fentanyl and morphine intoxication. Phone records showed that Victim 1 had a 10-minute phone conversation with Lusby the day before he died. Law enforcement then began investigating Lusby for distributing heroin and fentanyl in Southern Maryland.

As detailed in his plea agreement, on August 16, 2018, a confidential informant working at the direction of law enforcement, purchased heroin from Lusby in Lusby’s home. On September 6, 2018, a search warrant was executed at Lusby’s residence and law enforcement recovered 14 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, 30.9 grams of pure fentanyl, drug packaging materials, four digital scales, several needles, and a credit card in Lusby’s name with heroin and fentanyl residue.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur praised the DEA and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Bernstein and Jessica Collins, who prosecuted the case.

Matthew Joseph Lusby, 46, of Mechanicsville

Matthew Joseph Lusby, 46, of Mechanicsville

33 Responses to St. Mary’s County Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Victim’s Death

  1. exrep on July 9, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    the “L” Park Lords took a big hit with this one going away.

    • jim rubio on July 10, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Wrong. Someone else will pick up his slack immediately. Drugs aren’t going anywhere

  2. Jim on July 9, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Only 10 years?

  3. Donell on July 9, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    The Green New Deal expresses this problem

  4. Sandy on July 10, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Only 10 years ? Really.. so he will he out in 4 or 5 years killing more people with this stuff.

    • MikeInMorganza on July 12, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Hi Sandy, it’s Federal…Congress eliminated parole for federal prisoners in 1984, for crimes committed after Nov 1st, 1987. Although, they can possibly get reduced time off for good behavior…there is no parole. Because his crime caused a death, he better be the very best model prisoner or he will serve out all 10 years.

  5. Don’t ask on July 10, 2019 at 6:24 am

    What about people who actually made the pain killer do they go to jail for the ones they killed?

    • MikeinMorganza on July 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

      Don’t ask: would you sue the car manufacturer because a drunk driver plowed a van killing the occupants? It’s more than a stretch to sue a manufacturer when their product is used inconsistent with its labeling.

      • What? on July 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm

        So, based on your logic – the manufacturer wouldn’t be at fault, just the guy who sold you the car?

  6. the real JOE on July 10, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Where is joe comment about garbage culture now???

    • Wiggy on July 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Look below ding dong.

    • Joe on July 11, 2019 at 6:32 am

      My comment is down below thank you. Also, take note that I commented on the drug addicted “mom” who was arrested. If you haven’t figured out that I’m attacking GARBAGE CULTURE and not RACE then you aren’t up to an 8th grade reading level yet and it’s time to finally get an education.

      BTW, I’m the “MOST REAL” Joe there is. I tell it like it is and don’t give people a pass on their idiotic behavior because they’re my friends, relatives, neighbors, or happen to share the same skin color. How about you?

      • Oh good lord... on July 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm

        In my experience, people who have to tell you how “real” they are… just really aren’t all that real at all.

      • JOE the real on July 18, 2019 at 9:48 am

        blah blah blha noone cares about your garbage rant…

  7. Britney Spears on July 10, 2019 at 7:33 am

    opps i did it again…i played with your heart got lost in the game ohh baby baby…

    • Christina Aguilera on July 10, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      imma genie in a bottle babay come come come on and let me outtttt.

  8. Joe on July 10, 2019 at 9:21 am

    GARBAGE CULTURE comes in all shapes, sizess, sexes, and races. Here it is on display. It will continue to be around until people decide to emulate and adopt successful culture.

    On a side note, looking at his hair I’d say the police are lucky that they got him when they did. He was pretty close to going “Super Saiyan”!

    • John on July 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      about time you not only comment on black people stuff! yay!

  9. anonymous on July 10, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Hey judges, commissioners, law makers, murder by drug dealer should carry a minimum life sentence, the death penalty would be better, get rid of these worthless people.

    • Anonymous on July 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      A lethal injection of their own drugs would be fair game.

      • Anonymous on July 16, 2019 at 11:38 am

        so you want them to feel really good before they die?

  10. Anonymous on July 10, 2019 at 10:16 am

    So you sell stuff that kills people but you only get 10 years????
    You knew it was murder when selling it. This country needs to get rid of bad people fast.

  11. Eric on July 10, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Anyone know who passed away from the result of his distribution ?

  12. so what? on July 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    well hey they shouldnt have bought it from stupid can you be….they put it on themselves

  13. Anonymous on July 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    that’s all they know is to kill people and get 10 years and back on the streets. No we this county needs judges who are not afraid of throwing away the key. They all need to go to the STATE PEN with barbwire fence. The “DRUGS” have taken over the entire world and the government cannot control any longer. As my granddaddy would say “need an old fashion John Wayne A** beating like in the movies done in the streets and let everyone watch, but they would all stand back and just laugh, because they are so strung out on “DRUGS” and you can’t hurt my poor little boy or girl. Instead of getting monthly checks, the entire groups need to pick up liter every day and have a law officer sign the form, before monthly checks are issued each month. Oh, but that is too hard and to hot, just let me sell drugs and walk the street with my babies. Something needs to be done “TODAY” not tomorrow with drugs wars!!! God help this young generation who are just starting PreK!!!

  14. Call it what it is on July 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I’m not condoning the use of these drugs but to say that you were murdered is a stretch since the “victim” sought out the drugs knowing full well the risk. If more severe sentences need to be imposed to get the public’s attention that is one thing but to create murder charges is manipulating the law.

    • anonymous on July 12, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      I user probably didn’t know the s?=t was laced with fentanyl, stupid a#s drug dealer piece of S%$t might only do five years. This is murder my friend… execute the all drug dealers and the problem will go away.

      • smhh on July 15, 2019 at 7:19 am

        well they shouldnt got no drugs in the first place stop making excuses. you prolly do drugs your self get a hobby nitwit.

  15. Anonymous on July 10, 2019 at 5:42 pm


  16. Ash on July 11, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Thanks . Get the trash out of our streets, should of gotten
    Murder charges..

    • Otto the bus driver on July 11, 2019 at 9:09 am

      The victim had no kids, was older than the “dealer” who sold him the dope and his own “wife” didn’t even bother to show up at the sentencing. The offender’s family did show up to support Matthew and the judge saw this when he handed down his verdict. This whole episode should be a lesson to youth everywhere not to get mixed up with drugs at all! Just say NO! Even a single joint. Marijuana is a gateway drug and will eventually lead to stronger stuff just out of curiosity. Just say NO to drugs, ALL drugs!!!

  17. Matt's friend on July 11, 2019 at 10:10 am

    The “victim’s” “wife” didn’t even bother to show up at sentencing. Matthew’s family arrived from South Carolina to support him. The judge saw this when he handed down the verdict that Matt still has people in his life that love him. Matt is a good man who made mistakes but can still live a productive life when he gets out of prison. Matt obviously lost his way somewhere in life. This whole episode should send a clear message to today’s youth everywhere. “JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!” All drugs, even Pot. Marijuana is a gateway drug that inevitably leads to stronger, more addictive drugs.

  18. Anonymous on July 15, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    It’s not enough.