Posted: Sep 27, 2013 4:12 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 27, 2013 5:22 PM
A man is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1M fine after pleading guilty to distribution of Fentanyl, which a killed Butte man.
Docota Robert Rogers was identified by Butte-Silver Bow law enforcement as the dealer who sold a Butte man a Fentanyl patch for $35. The man then overdosed and died after reportedly smoking the drug.
The man died in December after efforts to resuscitate him failed. An autopsy revealed there were toxic levels of Fentanyl in the victim's body at time of death.
Rogers will face sentencing on Feb. 21, 2014.
Investigators were able to identify Rogers after examining text messages on the victim's phone, surveillance footage of an ATM transaction and witness' statements.
According to medical professionals, Fentanyl is a narcotic pain medicine, sometimes used to treat cancer pain and chronic pain management. More potent than morphine, Fentanyl is often prescribed in patch form, which releases the drug more slowly into the bloodstream.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations.
CORRECTION: Date of victim's death has been removed, awaiting clarification from District of Montana court.
CORRECTION: District of Montana court verifies date of victim's death is Dec. 8, 2012.