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Two charged after sheriff’s office, DEA seize kilo of fentanyl

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Police say Lawrenceburg men tied to international drug organization

By BEN CARLSON

Two Lawrenceburg men investigators say are tied to an international drug organization were arrested Tuesday night for possession of 1 kilogram of the powerful drug fentanyl, according to Sheriff Joe Milam of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Gadiel Ortiz-Flores and Brian Hensley, both of 412 East Court St., were arrested on a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl after the sheriff’s office and the Lexington DEA Task Force combined to make the bust following a lengthy investigation.

They are being housed in the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington.

Both have ties to an organization with direct ties to Mexico that has been distributing fentanyl in the central Kentucky area, according to the sheriff’s office, and are key figures in the organization.

A synthetic opioid, fentanyl has been blamed for tens of thousands of overdoses and deaths. It is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, according to a recent statement on fentanyl by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and 25-50 times more potent than heroin.

The Investigation is ongoing by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the Lexington DEA Task Force.