Jeffersonville man trafficked fentanyl to friend on Facebook

By Ashley Bunton -

WASHINGTON C.H. — A 30-year-old who used Facebook to sell fentanyl to his friend is expected to be placed on probation for aggravated trafficking in drugs, according to court records.

Jesse L. Wilson appeared for a hearing Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas and entered a guilty plea for aggravated trafficking in drugs, fentanyl, a fourth-degree felony.

Sentencing in the matter is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Common Pleas Judge Steven Beathard said during the hearing that the sentencing in the case is mandatory community control under Ohio law. Prior to the conviction, Wilson had no felony criminal record and had committed no violent offenses within the past two years, according to the court.

According to documents filed, a woman called 911 March 16 and reported that a man had just overdosed at 8 Railroad St. in Jeffersonville. Upon arriving to the scene, a deputy with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office treated the male overdose victim with naloxone and he was transported by EMS to Miami Valley Hospital in Jamestown.

The woman who reported the overdose told officers that she had picked the man up from Fayette Recovery at 10 a.m. and that on the way home, they stopped at his friend’s house, where the man went inside and then “came back out maybe in 30 seconds if that.” The woman reported they then went to 8 Railroad St. and the man went into his room to work out. She stated she heard a grunt and went to check on him, and stated that “his lips were purple he still wouldn’t respond so I called 911,” according to reports.

The man told law enforcement officers that he had purchased narcotics from Wilson at 337 Woodsview Drive in Jeffersonville. The man said he paid Wilson $20 and Wilson handed him a plastic bag with a white substance. The man reportedly snorted the entire substance in Wilson’s garage, thinking the substance was a crushed Percocet pill. The man left and then said he received a message on Facebook from Wilson advising that the white substance contained fentanyl and to “be careful.”

The man told officers that he “started to freak out once he learned what he had taken and that he overdosed soon after,” reports said.

Officers went to the residence and spoke to Wilson, and according to reports, Wilson said the man sent him a message on Facebook asking to buy a Percocet pill. Wilson stated the man arrived at his house and he sold him one-tenth of a gram of narcotics. Wilson described the narcotic as raw and containing fentanyl, reports said. Wilson said that after the man left, he messaged him on Facebook and told him the narcotic contained fentanyl and to be careful.

Wilson told officers that he had purchased one gram of the narcotics from someone in Dayton for $80, according to reports. Wilson stated that he had sold his friend fentanyl four or five times before.

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.

Leading up to his sentencing hearing Nov. 13, Judge Beathard said Wilson must cooperate with the Fayette County Adult Probation Department and will undergo an extensive interview.

Beathard said that assuming Wilson cooperates with the probation department and shows up for his sentencing hearing, Wilson will be placed on community control, be assessed for drug treatment and be required to complete treatment. If Wilson refuses to complete treatment, it would be a violation of his probation terms. If he violates probation or commits another offense while on probation, the judge can revoke the probation and impose a suspended prison sentence of up to one-and-a-half-years.

During Monday’s court hearing, Wilson said the last time he personally used narcotics was six months ago, and that he was forced to quit because his parents put him on “lock-down.”

By Ashley Bunton

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