Cincinnati man pleads guilty in Kentucky jail drug case

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COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A Cincinnati man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide illegal drugs to a woman who fatally overdosed while in a northern Kentucky jail last year.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 41-year-old Michael Howard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and morphine that resulted in death. The plea came Wednesday in federal court in Covington.

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The prosecutor’s office says Howard admitted regularly selling heroin to co-defendant Kimberly Mullins during a four-month period in 2015, knowing Mullins could arrange to get the drugs to Jamie Green, who was in jail. Green was Mullins’ 25-year-old daughter.

The prosecutor’s office said in a news release that Howard also admitted supplying what he thought was heroin but actually contained fentanyl, a more powerful opiate, and morphine. Green took the drugs Sept. 5 and died of an overdose in the Kenton County jail.

Mullins pleaded guilty earlier this year.

 

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