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7 Charged In Overdose Outbreak

Posted at 1:47 PM, Oct 27, 2016

Five more people were facing federal charges in a fentanyl overdose outbreak that killed two people in Tennessee over 24 hours.

U.S. Attorney David Rivera announced the drug distribution conspiracy charges Thursday.

Over 24 hours in July, two people died and more were hospitalized around Murfreesboro from overdosing on fentanyl-laced pills made to resemble Percocet. Fentanyl can be 40 times stronger than heroin.

Those charged included: 29-year-old Jonathan Barrett, of Murfreesboro; 34-year-old Eric Falkowski, of Kissimmee, Florida; 25-year-old Davi Valles Jr., of Nashville; 30-year-old Johnny Williams, of Murfreesboro; and 26-year-old Jason Moss, of Murfreesboro.

They have been facing 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

Two others, identified as 33-year-old Jennifer Dogonski, of Murfreesboro, and 22-year-old Preston Davis, of Madison, were previously charged in the outbreak. One pleaded guilty.

Fentanyl overdose outbreaks have ravaged other states and spurred recent federal charges in New Hampshire, Kentucky, and West Virginia.