Man, woman arrested for dealing fentanyl that killed one man
A man and woman from Wareham have been arrested and charged after allegedly distributing fentanyl to others in town, leading to the overdose death of a 42-year-old man.
Troy Jones, 40, and Kayla Nightingale, 33, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl resulting in death and one count of distributing fentanyl resulting in death.
Authorities allege that the pair worked together from at least January through April 2019 to distribute fentanyl to others in Wareham.
On April 2, 2019, one resident who allegedly received fentanyl from the pair died from an apparent fentanyl overdose.
“Fentanyl, which is far more potent than heroin, is an extremely dangerous drug that is now driving overdose deaths during the opioid epidemic,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Federal law provides for particularly severe consequences when illegal drug trafficking results in death, and we intend to use every available tool to combat this problem.”
If convicted, Jones and Nightingale will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years to life in prison, three years to life of supervised release, and a fine of up to $1 million and forfeiture.