Woodford County

Two indicted by federal grand jury in overdose death

A federal grand jury has indicted two Central Kentucky men with unlawfully distributing a controlled substance that resulted in an overdose death in Woodford County.

Earlier this month, a superseding indictment was returned against Luis Aguirre-Jerardo of Lexington and Gill Dewayne Garrett of Versailles, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey's office. The indictment charges both men with illegally distributing fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death.

Garrett was named in the original indictment that was returned in September.

Fentanyl is an opioid with a potency 30 to 50 times greater than heroin.

The indictment also alleges that from June until October, the two men and two others, Allen P. White and Helaina Gracelyn Naehring, conspired to illegally distribute fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in Woodford County.

Aguirre-Jerardo and Garrett face a minimum of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum of life imprisonment.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reports that 80 percent of fentanyl seizures in 2014 were concentrated in 10 states. Kentucky was one of the top 10 states.

The Versailles Police Department investigated the case with the DEA,

"Cases such as this one are precisely why we launched out initiative to partner with state and local law enforcement agencies in order to bring justice to the drug dealers who are causing so much damage in our region," Harvey said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Bradbury is prosecuting the case on behalf of the federal government.