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Dayton man pleads guilty to dealing fentanyl cocaine mixture that caused multiple fatal and nonfatal overdoses

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

DAYTON, Ohio – A Dayton man pleaded guilty in federal court here today to distributing fentanyl and cocaine that resulted in six overdoses in the late hours of New Year’s Eve and into the early hours of New Year’s Day 2019.


Kelsey V. Williams, Jr., 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Ohio in May 2021 and arrested in June 2021 in Minnesota.


According to court documents, on New Year’s Eve 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019, the defendant distributed a fentanyl and cocaine mixture responsible for four fatal and two nonfatal overdoses.


Distributing a controlled substance that results in death or serious bodily injury is a federal crime punishable by 20 years up to life in prison.


Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division; and Dayton Police Chief Kamran Afzal announced the plea entered into today before Senior U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice. Assistant United States Attorneys Amy M. Smith and Ryan A. Saunders are representing the United States in this case.


This case is being prosecuted as part of Operation S.O.S. In July 2018, the Department of Justice announced the launch of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S), a program aimed at reducing the supply of synthetic opioids in 10 high impact areas and identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.


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Updated January 13, 2022

Drug Trafficking