A man from Jeffersonville was sent to the Fayette County Jail Monday for 180 days on a charge of drug trafficking after selling fentanyl to a friend over Facebook.
Jesse L. Wilson, 30, appeared in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas for sentencing on a fourth-degree felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs. He was ordered to mandatory community control and was placed in the Fayette County Jail for 180 days, with a 12-month suspended prison sentence, according to Fayette County Prosecutor Jess Weade.
Reports filed in the case state that Wilson used Facebook messenger to set up a drug sale to a friend who was looking to buy a Percocet pill. The man reported that he bought a white substance from Wilson and assuming that it was a pill, snorted all of it in Wilson’s garage and left to go home.
Shortly after leaving, the man said Wilson sent him a message on Facebook advising him to “be careful” because the white substance contained fentanyl. The man told officers that he “started to freak out once he learned what he had taken,” and soon overdosed in his bedroom at his Jeffersonville residence, according to reports. A woman who was also home at the time called 911. The man was revived with naloxone and transported by EMS to Miami Valley Hospital in Jamestown for additional treatment.
The man told law enforcement officers that he had purchased narcotics from Wilson at 337 Woodsview Drive in Jeffersonville. He said he paid Wilson $20 and Wilson handed him a plastic bag with a white substance but had not immediately said that the substance contained fentanyl.
Law enforcement officers working on the case requested a search warrant for both Wilson and the overdose victim’s Facebook accounts and then went over the contents of the accounts in interviews with each man, reports said. Wilson told officers that he had purchased one gram of the narcotics from someone in Dayton for $80 and said that he had sold his friend fentanyl four or five times before.
During the court hearing Monday, it was discussed between the prosecution, defense and Judge Steven Beathard that under Ohio law, Wilson was to receive mandatory community control because he had no prior convictions.
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