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Feds: Ex-Middletown inmate distributed fentanyl, caused overdoses in jail

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 11:58:49-04

CINCINNATI -- A former Middletown inmate pleaded guilty Thursday to distributing fentanyl in the jail, according to federal officials.

Eugene Mongar, 34, traded at least one inmate fentanyl for $20 in commissary in December 2017.

Louis Cox III, 27, is accused of smuggling fentanyl into the jail on Dec. 1, and Mongar distributed the drug to inmates. First responders were dispatched to the jail on Dec. 2 for several overdoses. Mongar overdosed three times in two days.

One of the inmates who overdosed told police Mongar, who was a trustee inmate, had approached him and traded him for commissary.

A federal grand jury indicted Mongar and Cox in May 2018. Mongar pleaded guilty to distributing narcotics. Cox faces charges of participating in a narcotics conspiracy and distributing a controlled substance.

Mongar faces up to 20 years in prison.