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Iowa man sentenced for role in fentanyl overdose

Posted at 2:35 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 15:43:32-05

Charles Jesse Beuterbaugh, 30, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute a fentanyl analogue that caused death or serious bodily injury. 

According to a release, the investigation into Beuterbaugh began in 2015 when a man was found unresponsive in his Carter Lake residence. After an investigation, it was discovered that the 20-year-old man's cause of death was fentanyl given to him by Beuterbaugh. Additionally, another man was hospitalized in the same incident. 

Beuterbaugh was part of a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for receiving and distributing fentanyl analogues obtained from China to users in Nebraska and Iowa. In October, Nebraska had its largest fentanyl bust in state history when the drug was being transported from Chicago to California. 

Beuterbaugh's co-defendants, 27-year-old Dustin Sullivan and 31-year-old Cody Lanus, were sentenced to 162 months and 144 months respectively on Oct. 26.