Preliminary hearing set for suspect connected to rash of heroin overdoses

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Investigators say a recent rash of overdoses in central Kentucky are linked to a single batch of bad drugs.

Police say they now have the source of that heroin in custody. Robert Lee Shields was arrested in Cincinnati in connection with up to a dozen drug overdoses in Central Kentucky last week.

Shields  is charged with conspiring to distribute the controlled substance, Fetanyl. Fentanyl is said to be 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin.

According to investigators, Shields admitted that he had supplied Fentanyl on multiple occasions to people in Mount Sterling. Two other suspects have been arrested and face drug trafficking charges in the case.

Court documents say there were 10 to 12 overdoses in Montgomery County last Wednesday and Thursday, including at least one victim who died.
Spikes in heroin overdoses were reported around the same time in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

A detention and preliminary hearing for Shields is scheduled for Wednesday.

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