Federal Indictments for Lubbock Residents in Fentanyl Distributing Conspiracy

LUBBOCK, TX - Four Lubbock residents face federal charges for their roles in a furanyl fentanyl distributing conspiracy in the Northern District Court of Texas. 

Steven Lawrence Forcum, 32; Krisandrea Monee Dobbs, 31; Peyton Cleveland Wilson, 27; and Ashlyn Paige Utley, 23, are in custody at the Lubbock County Detention Center as they await trial. Reports state their charges include multiple counts of possession of furanyl fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute, and one count of possession of a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime. 

"To a great extent, a drug that can kill you with just a minimal level or trace of it in your body," Lubbock County Medical Examiner Dr. Sridhar Natarajan said. 

Since the major drug bust in October 2016, Lubbock Police reported less fentanyl-related cases in the last year. Dr. Natarajan said their office has also recorded significantly less fentanyl-related deaths in 2017. 

However, different drugs are increasing in the South Plains in the absence of fentanyl. 

"Younger people are using synthetic fentanyl which is dropped and we've noticed there's been an increase with meth, in that 40 to 60 year old, but they were using it already," Dr. Natarajan said. 

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