Drug dealer tied to spike in overdoses sentenced to prison

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Jerrod Doolin, of Lancaster, sentenced to 13-years in federal prison for dealing drugs in Garrard, Jessamine and Fayette counties

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A Lancaster man was sentenced on Thursday for conspiracy to distribute heroin and carfentanyl and distribution of carfentanyl resulting in serious physical injury, according to United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

They say 37-year old Jerrod Doolin was sentenced to 13-years in federal prison.

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Prosecutors say beginning in July 2016 and continuing through January 19, 2017, Doolin conspired with several other people to distribute heroin and carfentanyl in Garrard, Jessamine and Fayette Counties.  Investigators say during that time, there was a spike in drug overdoses in the area, particularly in Jessamine County.

On January 10, 2017, Doolin and 29-year old Jeffrey Ruggiero, of Nicholasville, distributed a quantity of carfentanyl, which resulted in an overdose, according to officials.

They say on April 9, 2019, Doolin pleaded guilty and admitted to distributing carfentanyl.



According to prosecutors, Ruggiero was previously sentenced to 132 months.