More than 500 fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and a stolen firearm were retrieved during a seizure this week and a 20-year-old Owensboro man is facing multiple charges, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
DCSO said in a release they have been conducting a long-term investigation into DeHaven Kessler and several other subjects reference to the distribution of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in the Owensboro-Daviess County area.
On May 25, Kessler was arrested on an unrelated bench warrant. According to DCSO, during the arrest detectives seized evidence of fentanyl distribution. They also said they obtained information that prior to Kessler’s arrest, he was in possession of a firearm and fentanyl-laced pills which he hid at a residence in the 2400 block of West 8th Street.
“The investigation revealed another person went to this address on behalf of Kessler and moved the firearm and fentanyl laced pills. Detectives obtained a search warrant and these items were retrieved and seized. Seized were over 500 fentanyl laced counterfeit pills that were packaged in multiple baggies for sale. The firearm that was recovered with the fentanyl was a stolen firearm,” according to DCSO.
Kessler was charged on June 1 and continues to be lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected, according to DCSO.
Kessler faces charges of:
- Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (Carfentanil/Fentanyl) (Firearm Enhanced)
- Tampering with Physical Evidence (Complicity)
- Receiving Stolen Property (Firearm)
- Drug Paraphernalia – Buy/Possess (Firearm Enhanced)