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Richmond Woman Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Armed Trafficking of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

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

INDIANAPOLIS- Amber Bailey, 41, of Richmond, Indiana, was sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

According to court documents, in September of 2020, the FBI began investigating Bailey after she distributed 25 grams of a fentanyl mixture and 9 grams of methamphetamine to another individual. On October 8, 2020, Bailey helped an accomplice distribute 54 grams of methamphetamine and 6 grams of a fentanyl mixture to the same individual.

On November 5, 2020, FBI investigators served a search warrant at Bailey’s Richmond residence. During the course of the search, investigators found 6 grams of a fentanyl mixture, a 9mm handgun and ammunition, $500 in cash, and lactose, a known cutting agent for dilution of controlled substances.

“The increase in fentanyl overdoses in our neighborhoods is a crisis—drug poisonings are now the leading cause of death for Americans 18 to 45 years old. The defendant had a direct hand in pushing this poison into our community,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Armed fentanyl traffickers are a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. With our federal, state, and local partners, we are committed to dismantling these operations and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.”

“Fentanyl has become a serious and life-threatening problem in Indiana,” said Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Indianapolis Office. “The FBI will join with all our federal, state, and local partners as often as possible to stop the flow of fentanyl into our communities.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case, with valuable assistance provided by the Wayne County Drug Task Force. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge James P. Hanlon. Judge Hanlon also ordered that Bailey be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years following her release from federal prison.  

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Jayson W. McGrath, who prosecuted this case.


Updated February 23, 2023

Drug Trafficking