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Woman Sentenced For Supplying Heroin That Caused Overdose

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

WICHITA, KAN. – A Kansas City woman was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison for selling heroin to a user who suffered a near-fatal overdose, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Loretta Gilliard, 35, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin. The investigation began when a user from Overland Park, Kan., bought heroin from Gilliard and then overdosed and lost consciousness. Emergency medical technicians responded and saved the user’s life by administering an opioid reversing agent called Narcan. Investigators learned that Gilliard had sold heroin to the user more than 100 times, usually two to four times a week. Investigators made controlled buys from Gilliard.

McAllister commended the Overland Park Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.

Updated August 21, 2018

Drug Trafficking