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Roanoke nurse pleads guilty to tampering with fentanyl

He faces up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $250,000

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. – A registered nurse who worked at a medical facility in Roanoke pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of tampering with a consumer product.

Kevin Carter, 28, of Roanoke, waived his right to be indicted on one count of tampering with fentanyl.

“In the face of an increasing number of overdoses involving fentanyl across the country and the Commonwealth, prosecuting individuals who divert fentanyl and other opioids is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office,” Acting United States Attorney Rick Mountcastle said.

According to information presented at Tuesday’s hearing, Carter tampered with liquid syringes of fentanyl by removing a syringe of liquid fentanyl in an operating room.

Carter faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $250,000.

His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.