Lexington fentanyl dealer pleads guilty

Lexington, Ky.–Jamie Michelle Crawford, 37, accepted a plea agreement in federal court Friday where she admitted to conspiring to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl in Fayette County.

Crawford admitted to the following facts in her plea agreement:

“On June 22, 2021, in Fayette County, in the Eastern District of Kentucky, officers with the Lexington Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence belonging to the Defendants Charles McElroy and Jamie Crawford. Both Defendants were present at the time of the execution of the search warrant.

In the Defendants’ bedroom, officers located various quantities of narcotics. Behind and within a television stand, officers located multiple plastic baggies containing the following:

  • 190.105 grams of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance in powder form;
  • 32.567 grams of fentanyl in pill/tablet form; and
  • 17.87 grams of methamphetamine

All of the above-listed narcotics were submitted to the Kentucky State Police Lab where they were tested, analyzed, and confirmed as the narcotics and weights listed.

In addition to the narcotics, officers also located the following firearms in the same bedroom and in close proximity to the narcotics and television stand:

  • Beretta, Model: 8040 Cougar F, Cal.: .40, pistol;
  • Springfield Armory, Model: XDS, Cal.: 9×19, pistol; and
  • Smith & Wesson, Model: 36, Cal.: 38 S&W Special, revolver

All three firearms were loaded with various amounts of ammunition. The Springfield was also determined to be stolen.

Throughout the residence, officers also located various paraphernalia consistent with narcotics trafficking. Such items included a money counter, plastic baggies, multiple digital scales used to weigh out narcotics for sale, and Naloxone (Narcan).

While at the residence, McElroy and Crawford were interviewed by narcotics detectives. Both Defendants admitted to being involved in narcotics trafficking for some time. The Defendants admitted that they would typically obtain various narcotics such as fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, and pills from a source of supply located in Detroit, Michigan.”

Crawford’s codefendant, Charles I. McElroy, is awaiting trial, currently scheduled for January 2023.