LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — Authorities have arrested a Wilson County man in connection with an overdose death involving fentanyl.
Wilson County Sheriff’s officials said 44-year-old Jason Dennis was indicted last week after selling fentanyl-laced heroin that caused the death of a Gladeville man back in September.
He’s facing a charge of second-degree murder in the case. Dennis was booked on a $100,000 bond.
“We are seeing more and more fentanyl-laced drugs on the street than we ever have before,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “We are working closely with other agencies on the opioid epidemic and want to make one thing very clear; we will prosecute those who are found to have sold, supplied or administered illegal narcotics that results in death to the fullest extent of the law. We are responding to potential overdoses almost on a weekly basis and the epidemic is affecting many families in our community.”
Investigators said there were 28 overdose deaths in Wilson County last year. Of those, 19 were related to opioids and eight were from heroin overdoses.
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