Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced Wednesday a registered nurse was sentenced to 18 months in prison for tampering with fentanyl, a drug utilized to produce anesthesia and treat pain.
Twenty-eight-year-old Kevin Carter of Roanoke, Virginia pleaded guilty tampering with fentanyl on June 27, at which time admitted to replacing liquid fentanyl in an operating room for another syringe that was labeled fentanyl, but did not contain fentanyl, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
At the time of his plea, Carter was facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Carter removed the liquid fentanyl from an anesthesia cart and replaced with another syringe on December 15, 2016. Carter admitted to utilizing the drug from his own use.