Three Federally Indicted for Indiana and Kentucky Fentanyl Overdoses
HENDERSON, Ky. – Michael J. Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Indianapolis, and U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky announced that on Feb. 9, 2022, a federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, returned two indictments charging two men and one woman with distributing fentanyl and other substances that resulted in the death and serious bodily injury of others in the Henderson area.
According to court documents, Destinee Vargason, 25, and Seth Stout, 21, both of Morganfield, Kentucky, are alleged to have conspired to distribute fentanyl and alprazolam between July 31, 2021, and October 2021. The indictment also alleges that the distribution of these substances resulted in the death of the victim, “T.F.”
Additionally, in a separate indictment, Coriyahvon Lamont Outlaw, 30, of Evansville, Indiana, is alleged to have distributed fentanyl to another on or about Dec. 6, 2021, and the distribution of the fentanyl resulted in the serious bodily injury of the victim, “J.F.”
Vargason and Stout are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death. Outlaw is charged with distribution of fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury. If convicted as charged, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
“Drug dealers who distribute fentanyl must be put on notice that if you deal lethal poison you will be held accountable," said DEA Indianapolis ASAC Gannon. "DEA remains committed to working hand in hand with our state, local and federal partners to keep our communities safe.”
The DEA, Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and Henderson County Detention Center are investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Dahl is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.