Woodford County

Versailles man faces federal charge of distributing fentanyl that led to an overdose death

A Versailles man has been indicted on a federal charge of distributing fentanyl that caused an overdose death, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Gill Dewayne Garrett, 29, also was indicted Thursday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, heroin and cocaine between June and August. Allen P. White of Versailles also was charged with conspiracy.

About July 1, Garrett gave fentanyl, an opioid, to a person who died.

"Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug, far more potent than heroin," U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said in a news release. "Fentanyl is turning up on our streets in increasing quantities, often with deadly results. Federal law provides for particularly severe consequences when illegal drug trafficking results in death. We intend to use every available tool to combat this terrible problem, including these enhanced penalties,"

Versailles police and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case.

If convicted, Garrett could be sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison or a maximum of life imprisonment. White could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.