Drug dealer busted after selling Bronx school teacher deadly dose of fentanyl
Kashawn Lyons, 31, is charged with drug distribution. He faces a sentence of 20 years to life.
A drug dealer who worked with him, Terrick Whitaker, also 31, is still at large, federal prosecutors say. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Lyons and Whitaker are accused of selling fentanyl to Matthew Azimi, who was found dead Nov. 30 in a bathroom at Public School X811 on Longfellow Ave. in Foxhurst.
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Azimi’s widow said she was “absolutely thrilled” with Lyons’ arrest.
“It’s too late for my husband. But if they can get this guy off the street, other people can have their lives saved,” said Rachel Marbach, of Carmel, in Putnam County.
Marbach was six months pregnant when her husband died. Their third child, a daughter, was born healthy in March.
“We are doing the best we can,” Marbach said. “We miss Matt terribly. I am not kidding — I think of him every second of the day.”
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A school custodian found Azimi, 36, dead Nov. 30 inside a locked bathroom.
Police sources previously told the Daily News that Azimi bought a hypodermic needle from a CVS near the school shortly after dismissal and went into the bathroom to shoot up.
That needle and a small baggie containing heroin residue were found next to Azimi’s body.
Prosecutors said NYPD officers recovered Azimi’s cell phone next to his lifeless body — and traced his final three calls to Lyons’ cell phone.
Undercover cops later bought heroin and fentanyl from Lyons and Whitaker.
The drugs “were packaged in the same unique pink glassine bags as the one found next to Mr. Azimi’s body” and sold near his school, prosecutors said.
“It’s something I know I will never get over,” Marbach said. “I’m going through the process of learning to live with it.”