Two Wareham residents charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl resulting in overdose death

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Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of fentanyl_391685

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of fentanyl

BOSTON (USDOJ) – Two Wareham residents were arrested today and charged in connection with selling fentanyl, including to a 42-year-old man who died of an apparent overdose.

Troy Jones, 40, and Kayla Nightingale, 33, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl resulting in death and distributing fentanyl resulting in death. The defendants were arrested today and will make an initial appearance today at 1:00 p.m. before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelly.

“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.”

“The state of Massachusetts is faced with a fentanyl crisis unlike ever before,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Those responsible for distributing this lethal drug and contribute to the loss of life for those battling this addiction need to be held responsible for their actions. In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic DEA and its local, state and federal partners are committed to bringing to justice those that distribute this poison.”

As alleged in the indictment, Jones and Nightingale worked together from January 2019 through at least April 3, 2019 to distribute fentanyl in Wareham, including to a 42-year-old Wareham resident. On April 2, 2019, that resident died of an apparent fentanyl overdose.

The charging statute provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and up to life in prison, at least three years and up to life of supervised release, a fine of up to $1 million and forfeiture. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Lelling; DEA SAC Boyle; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts States Police; and Wareham Police Chief John A. Walcek  made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Dolan of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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