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Stevensville man charged following fentanyl overdose

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A Stevensville man was charged with felony distribution of fentanyl after he allegedly provided the drug to his girlfriend who nearly died from an overdose.

Joseph Norman Rogers, 32, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey last week on two felony drug counts. Bailey set bond at $5,000.

The charging affidavit said the Ravalli County 911 Center received a report Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 10:17 a.m. of a drug overdose in which the individual was unconscious and not breathing.

The woman who experienced the overdose was resuscitated. She told law enforcement she had taken fentanyl allegedly provided by Rogers at about 10 a.m.

The sheriff’s officer investigating the case determined that Rogers had left the scene after the woman passed out.

Rogers was later arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in Justice Court.

After receiving a Miranda warning, Rogers allegedly admitted he had purchased a fentanyl pill and had shared it with the woman. The pair crushed and smoked the drug from aluminum foil.

Rogers told the officer he was present when the woman became unresponsive and that he had provided her with Narcan medication. The affidavit said Rogers admitted leaving the scene while the woman was still unresponsive because he was aware he had an active arrest warrant.

The affidavit said a sheriff’s deputy responded to a report in July that Rogers left intravenous syringes in a pickup truck that he had borrowed. The deputy collected six used syringes. Another deputy contacted Rogers on July 4. During that interview, the affidavit said Rogers admitted the syringes were used for “shooting up” and that he had used heroin and methamphetamine mixed together.

A Montana State Crime Lab analysis confirmed residue in the syringes was heroin.

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