Sherman Oaks Man Arrested on Federal Narcotics Trafficking Charges

LOS ANGELES – A Sherman Oaks man has been arrested on federal narcotics trafficking charges related to the deaths of two people who suffered fentanyl overdoses at the same Woodland Hills residence.

            Trent Michael Tomasovich, 28, a Sherman Oaks man was arrested on federal narcotics trafficking charges related to the deaths of two people who suffered fentanyl overdoses at the same Woodland Hills residence. Tomasovich was charged with one felony count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. Tomasovich pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

Tomasovich sold fentanyl to a 24-year-old woman who took the drug at a Woodland Hills apartment and died during the early morning hours of July 14, 2018. The woman was visiting a friend, who found the woman unresponsive and then summoned paramedics. Several hours later, the boyfriend of the woman who lived in the Woodland Hills apartment found the narcotics that the deceased woman had purchased. Ignoring his girlfriend’s request to trash the drugs, the 38-year-old man consumed the fentanyl and suffered a fatal overdose.

            In 2017, Tomasovich was identified on wiretapped phone calls as being a customer of a heroin delivery service that was the subject of a federal grand jury indictment, but he was not charged in that case. In early 2018, after he offered heroin for sale on Craigslist, Tomasovich sold heroin during an undercover operation conducted by the Glendale Police Department, which led to him being convicted of drug trafficking offenses in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The narcotics-trafficking charge in the indictment carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a potential life sentence of life. 

The take away: Not a good idea to sell drugs to make a living. 

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