Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the arrest and unsealing of a Complaint charging KASHAWN LYONS with distributing the fentanyl that resulted in the death of Matthew Azimi, a public school teacher in the Bronx. The Complaint also alleges that LYONS and a co-defendant, TERRICK WHITAKER, distributed heroin and fentanyl together between February and March 2018 in the Bronx. LYONS was arrested yesterday by the NYPD, and presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman in Manhattan federal court. TERRICK WHITAKER remains at large.
LYONS was charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and with conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl with WHITAKER. LYONS faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison based upon his distribution of the fentanyl that killed Mr. Azimi., 31, of