2 men indicted in Central Kentucky painkiller overdoses

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two men have been indicted in connection with a series of overdoses in Montgomery County last month.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a Lexington federal grand jury indicted Robert L. Shields and Wesley S. Hamm on Wednesday on charges that they distributed heroin and the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Authorities say the men supplied fentanyl to people in Mount Sterling, where a dozen overdoses were reported on Aug. 24 and 25. Most of the victims were resuscitated, but a 37-year-old man died.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says fentanyl is 40 to 50 times more potent than heroin. The penalty for conspiring to distribute fentanyl is up to 20 years in prison

Federal documents didn't list the age or address for Shields or Hamm. It's unclear whether they have attorneys.


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