Rome-area drug traffickers convicted of distributing deadly opioids that killed victims


ROME, Georgia. – Shane Terhune was convicted of selling heroin to a young couple in July 2018, after admitting that his act of distribution resulted in the woman’s overdose death. The sentence follows the August 2021 conviction of Cornelius Brown, who was sentenced to five years in prison for distributing $ 150 of heroin. As part of his guilty plea, Cornelius Brown admitted that he also sold fentanyl in June 2018, which resulted in the death of a man who used the deadly drug.

“A young woman’s life came to an abrupt end when Shane Terhune sold her a lethal dose of heroin,” said Robert J. Murphy, the special agent in charge of the Atlanta field division of Drug. United States Enforcement Administration (DEA). “DEA and its law enforcement partners are committed to bringing defendants like Terhune to justice who pollute our streets with dangerous and deadly substances that cause immeasurable damage to our communities. “

“Terhune and Brown both profited from the deadly opioid trafficking that tragically ended two lives,” Acting US Attorney Kurt R. Erskine said. “These dangerous narcotics are catastrophically killing and injuring users at an unprecedented rate. This and other recent cases demonstrate that opioid overdoses will be investigated and prosecuted as a federal priority and that those who sell this poison will be held accountable for the death and suffering it causes. provokes.

“Our country has suffered the loss of thousands of citizens due to the use and abuse of fentanyl and, unfortunately, Rome is not immune. Law enforcement and the US Attorney’s Office in North Georgia are committed to bringing justice to those who attack our communities, ”said Dan R. Salter, Executive Director, Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Erskine, Charges and Other Information Presented in Court Regarding Shane Terhune’s Conviction: On July 6, 2018, officers from the Floyd County Police Department responded to a 911 call requesting medical treatment for GL , 25 years. , died of a heroin overdose that night. Investigation revealed that earlier in the afternoon, Terhune met GL and her fiance on Oleary Lane near US Route 411 in Rome and gave them a plastic bag containing heroin in exchange for it. money. GL then injected the heroin sold by Terhune, causing his death. Terhune, who has a history of drug trafficking offenses, admitted to heroin trafficking and admitted that the heroin he was selling caused the victim’s death.

Charges and other information presented to court regarding Cornelius Brown’s conviction: On May 31, 2017, Brown sold a clear plastic bag containing a substance he knew to be heroin for $ 150 in Rome, Georgia . The following year, on the morning of June 25, 2018, Brown met an individual at a Circle K gas station in Rome, where Brown sold him a bag of powder that he knew contained a narcotic in exchange for money. . While purchasing the powder, the customer entered the Circle K bathroom, where he injected the drugs he had purchased from Brown, resulting in his death. The substance Brown sold to the deceased was fentanyl, a dangerous opioid that caused the fatal overdose.

Shane Terhune, 41, of Rome, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones to fifteen years and eight months in prison, followed by three years on probation after pleading guilty to the distribution charge of heroin on July 2. , 2021.

Cornelius Brown, 38, also of Rome, Georgia, was sentenced to five years in prison followed by ten years on probation after pleading guilty to the charge of distributing heroin on January 7, 2021.

These cases were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and DEA Rome, Georgia Post of Duty, Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, with valuable assistance from the Rome / Floyd Metro Task Force, Rome Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Police Department, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Act of 1988, provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas considered critical areas for drug trafficking in the United States.

Assistant US Attorney Irina Dutcher continued the case against Shane Terhune. Assistant US prosecutors Irina Dutcher and David O’Neal continued the case against Cornelius Brown.

The DEA encourages parents, as well as their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting the DEA’s interactive websites at,,, and Also follow DEA Atlanta via Twitter at @DEAATLANTADiv



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