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Campbell County Inmate Sentenced for Trafficking in Fentanyl Resulting in Two Overdoses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

COVINGTON, Ky. –  An inmate at the Campbell County Detention Center, Jonathan Bernard Stanley, Jr., 39, was sentenced on Thursday, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, to 264 months, for distribution of fentanyl resulting in serious physical injury. 

Stanley had recently been convicted and sentenced to a term of 51 months in federal prison, for conspiring to distribute heroin, by the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky in 2018.  He was ultimately released from custody in July 2022, and began an eight-year period of supervised release.  

According to court documents, on November 8, 2022, Stanley was arrested for a violation of his supervised release and was lodged at the Campbell County Detention Center. Thereafter, on November 15, 2022, Campbell County Detention Center staff were notified of an issue inside of one of the cells.  Specifically, one of the inmates was unconscious and not breathing, and the other was also exhibiting signs of a suspected drug overdose.  EMTs administered naloxone to both inmates, retrieved the remainder of the substance, and transported both inmates to the hospital.  Both inmates eventually recovered.

The second inmate told law enforcement that they both consumed the same substance, which was supplied to them by Stanley in exchange for money to be deposited into his jail account.  Hospital records and testing of the substance confirmed that the two inmates each overdosed from fentanyl.  Jail surveillance video and other inmate interviews also confirmed that Stanley had distributed the substance that caused the two overdoses.

Under federal law, Stanley must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.  

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; James Daley, Campbell County Jailer; and Orville O. Greene, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Detroit Field Division, jointly announced the sentences.

The investigation was conducted by the Campbell County Detention Center and DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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CONTACT:  Gabrielle Dudgeon

PHONE:  (859) 685-4887


Updated June 6, 2024

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