Crime

Three people fatally overdosed on drugs he sold. This Kentucky man has been convicted.

A Danville man was convicted in U.S. District Court Thursday on various drug charges after supplying drugs that led to three overdoses in 2017.

Carl Wayne Bartleson Jr., 46, will face a maximum sentence of 30 years for a conviction of conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl and four counts of distribution of heroin and fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Three people fatally overdosed in Boyle County Feb. 21, 2017, from the use of controlled substances, including fentanyl. Several others overdosed, but survived, around the same time, the attorney’s office said.

The spike led to an investigation from the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which arrested Bartleson, a local supplier. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Bartleson sold heroin, fentanyl, and acrylfentanyl, which is an even-more potent version of fentanyl.

Bartleson will be sentenced Feb. 14.

Robert M. Duncan Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, said Bartleson was a “dangerous drug trafficker” and the community is now safer.

“The opioid epidemic is devastating our community and we remain committed to using every tool available to combat this blight,” Duncan said. “We will continue to prosecute those who callously and indiscriminately peddle this poison and we commend the collaboration and commitment of our law enforcement partners.”

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