Two people from Stanford pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute large amounts of the strong painkiller fentanyl.
Travis B. Preston, 28, admitted to conspiring to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture containing detectible amounts of fentanyl, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry B. Harvey. Tiffany L. Griffith, 25, admitted to aiding and abetting distribution of 40 grams or more of the drug.
During their guilty pleas, Preston and Griffith admitted to possessing about 121 grams of fentanyl, which was found in Griffith’s purse during an April traffic stop in Lancaster, according to the news release.
Local, state and federal police officers and prosecutors have cracked down on heroin and fentanyl sales after repeated mass overdoses in several Kentucky counties.
Preston and Griffith are scheduled to be sentenced in March. Because of an earlier felony drug conviction, Preston could face 10 years to life in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Griffith could face between five and 40 years in prison.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kentucky State Police and the Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, and was presented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr.