Two men indicted for distributing carfentanil

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Published: Oct. 14, 2016 at 11:12 AM EDT
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A federal grand jury has indicted two men with distributing carfentanil, which resulted in multiple overdoses in Rowan County.

On Thursday, 28-year-old Travis Clark of Cincinnati and 27-year-old Matthew Bowman of Morehead were indicted on one count each of conspiring to distribute carfentanil and distribution of carfentanil.

According to the indictment, Clark and Bowman illegally distributed carfentanil on Sept. 7 and 8, which resulted in seven overdoses.

Carfentanil is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 5,000 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil is a controlled substance typically used for tranquilizing elephants or other large mammals.

"This drug is so deadly that a tiny dose of it can cause a lethal overdose," U.S Attorney Kerry Harvey said.

Within days investigators were able to track down the men they say distributed the elephant heroin.

"We're very concerned that we are going to see more and more carfentanil in our streets and if that happens the result are all too predictable," Harvey said. We'll have more overdoses and more death."

Clark and Bowman face 20 years to life in prison for the distribution charge, and five to 40 years for the conspiracy charge.