Grand jury indicts Oshkosh man for fentanyl deaths

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A federal grand jury indicted an Oshkosh man for distributing fentanyl which led to the deaths of two people.

Federal prosecutors claim Desmond Burns, 39, distributed fentanyl which was used by an Appleton woman who died in May 2017 and a New London man who overdosed in June 2017.

If convicted, Burns faces 20 years to life in prison.

A New London man was sentenced earlier this year for distributing fentanyl. Federal prosecutors said Tyler Kuhnke admitted going with the victim to his drug source in Oshkosh to get heroin but the two didn't know there was fentanyl in the drug.

Police say drug dealers may dilute their heroin with fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin, making it easier to accidentally overdose.

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