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Drug rehab owner sold heroin to recovering addicts at his facility

By Mason White 5:22 PM October 10, 2017
David Francis
David Francis
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A drug rehab owner is facing years behind bars after being accused of selling heroin to recovering addicts who tried to get better at his facility, according to police in Pennsylvania.

McKees Rocks police said that they have arrested 65-year-old David Francis, who is the CEO of the Next Step Foundation, after being accused of selling heroin and fentanyl to his clients instead of helping them quit the habit.

Francis appeared at the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, where he was charged with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

According to the police investigation, Francis opened the Next Step Recovery Housing at 641 Broadway Avenue.

On his website, Francis wrote: “Next Step Recovery Housing is an organization dedicated to assisting and improving the lives of those suffering from addiction.

“The mission of Next Step Recovery Housing is to provide residential housing, education, support, and services to people in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.”

The FBI claimed that instead of helping recovering addicts, Francis sold them fentanyl, which he called “china white.”

Francis was known in the neighborhood for selling drugs.

He also allowed the drug addicts to use drugs in a building behind the rehab center.

Francis is accused of selling the drugs from the rehab center and his home.

Police launched the investigation after two fatal drug overdoses in the area.

Police raided the rehab center and Francis’ home, where they found fentanyl and bags.

Officers also encountered drug addicts who admitted to have been using drugs all night.