An Owensboro man was charged by a federal grand jury this week for the distribution of fentanyl resulting in the death of another person. A second Owensboro man was also indicted in relation to the incident. Both men were arrested in October by the Owensboro Police Department for related charges.
The announcement came Wednesday afternoon from Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett.
The grand jury returned a two-count indictment against two men — 19-year-old Jonathan Brown and 20-year-old Jonathan Stallings.
Both Brown and Stallings are charged in Count 1 of the indictment with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance between June 2020 and October 2020 in Daviess County and elsewhere.
Brown is charged in Count 2 of the indictment with Distribution of Controlled Substances resulting in the death and serious bodily injury of another person for events occurring on or about Oct. 8, 2020, in Daviess County.
If convicted at trial, the maximum sentence for Brown is no less than 20 years and no more than life in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. The maximum sentence for Stallings is no more than 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Dahl III. The case is being investigated by OPD, the Drug Enforcement Administration Evansville Resident Office, and Central City Police Department.
In October, Brown, Stallings and 20-year-old Kadyn Davidson were arrested by OPD and received charges related to an alleged drug trafficking operation involving fentanyl and marijuana as well as a stolen firearm.
The three men each were charged by OPD with: aggravated trafficking in a controlled substance (10 or more grams carfentanil or fentanyl derivate) (enhancement); trafficking in marijuana (8 oz to less than 5 lbs) 1st offense (enhancement); drug paraphernalia – buy or possess (enhancement); and receiving stolen property – firearm (enhancement).
According to a release, on Oct. 9 officers and detectives from the OPD Flex Unit and Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue where a large quantity of counterfeit Xanax and Percocet pills, one stolen firearm, and five additional firearms were located.
According to reports, there was also a large quantity of THC butter/wax, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of currency seized, which is all indicative of an ongoing drug trafficking operation.