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Fatal dose of fentanyl lands Winchester man in prison for 84 months

Crystal Graham
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A Winchester man who facilitated the sale of a fatal dose of fentanyl was sentenced yesterday in Harrisonburg to 84 months in federal prison.

Kenneth James Hughes, Jr., 27, pled guilty in April to two counts of distribution of fentanyl.

According to court documents, following a fentanyl overdose resulting in the death of a user on Oct. 23 2020, an investigation by law enforcement revealed Hughes to be the deceased user’s drug supplier.

In October 2020, one of Hughes’ drug customers contacted him to buy fentanyl in the form of “pressed pills,” namely, fentanyl pills made to appear like Oxycodone 30 mg pills.

Hughes sold two pressed pills to the customer who subsequently consumed the drugs and was found unresponsive the following morning at his home in Winchester.

It was determined his death was the result of acute fentanyl intoxication.

The following month in Berryville, Hughes sold 22 capsules containing fentanyl for $300 to a confidential informant working on behalf of law enforcement.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.