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Man faces prison after selling fentanyl

December 17, 2018

HUNTINGTON - A Detroit man faces federal prison time after selling fentanyl to a confidential informant in Huntington earlier this year.

Octavius Ellis, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday in a Huntington federal court to knowingly and intentionally distributing fentanyl. He faces up to 20 years in prison at his March 18, 2019, sentencing.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Ellis was arrested by the Huntington Police Department after its special emphasis unit utilized a confidential informant to arrange a controlled buy from Ellis. Ellis arrived at a buy location in the West End of Huntington and provided the confidential informant with a substance he represented to be heroin in exchange for $70.

Testing by the West Virginia State Police Lab confirmed the substance was actually fentanyl.

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