THE FENTANYL FALLOUT: Greybull Man Accused of Dealing Fentanyl to Change Plea
Anthony Fuentes plans to plead guilty in lieu of jury trial
- Published In: Criminal Justice
- Last Updated: Jun 30, 2023
Anthony Fuentes, 36, has pleaded guilty to four felony drug charges for selling illicit opioids containing fentanyl. (Courtesy photo from the Big Horn Sheriff's Office)
By Jennifer Kocher
Special to the Wyoming Truth
This story has been updated with correct information as of July 3, 2023 at 1 p.m. MT.
A Greybull man accused of selling counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl plans to change his plea.
Anthony Michael Fuentes, 36, intends to change his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty,” per court documents issued on June 27, to four felony counts in Big Horn County of delivering a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, as well as a misdemeanor for possession of a controlled substance.
Fuentes’ charges date back Jan. 2, when he allegedly sold two illicit Oxycodone pills that tested positive for fentanyl to 25-year-old Jordan Jackson, of Cody, who is referred to as “J.J.” in the charging documents. Jackson died from an overdose that day.
Fuentes initially admitted to a detective from the Wyoming Criminal Division of Investigation that he’d obtained 40 suspected fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills in Denver, Colorado, two of which he sold to “J.J.,” according to court documents.
However, Fuentes was only charged with the possession and delivery of the controlled substances; he has not been charged for any crimes related to “J.J’s” death.
Fuentes’ five-day jury trial was scheduled to begin on July 17 in Big Horn County, after initially being postponed from June.
He is currently being detained in Big Horn County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond after Judge Big Horn County District Judge Bobbi Overfield denied his request for a bond reduction on June 23.
Fuentes’ plea hearing is set for July 25 at 4 p.m.
All four felonies are each punishable of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a fine of no more than $25,000 or both.