Manslaughter Charges For Wyoming Man Who Sold Deadly Fentanyl-Laced Pills

A Greybull man convicted of four felonies for delivery and possession of counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that killed 25-year-old Jordan Jackson of Cody, faces new manslaughter charges in neighboring Park County related to Jackson’s death.

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Jen Kocher

January 12, 20242 min read

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A Greybull man convicted of four felonies for delivery and possession of counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that killed 25-year-old Jordan Jackson of Cody, faces new manslaughter charges in neighboring Park County related to Jackson’s death.

Anthony Michael Fuentes, 36, made his initial appearance in Park County Circuit Court on Wednesday to hear the new charges. Until now, Fuentes had not been charged with any crimes related to Jackson’s death.

Along with the new manslaughter charge, Fuentes also is facing a second felony count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, specifically fentanyl. If convicted, the crimes carry a sentence of up to 60 years in prison, a fine of up to $60,000, or both.

Prior to the manslaughter charge, Fuentes pleaded no contest Dec. 19 to the original four felony drug charges in Big Horn County and was sentenced to three to five years in Wyoming state prison.

J.J. Died

The crimes date back to Jan. 2, 2023, when Fuentes was accused of selling two counterfeit oxycodone pills that tested positive for fentanyl to Jackson, who is referred to as “J.J.” in the charging documents. Jackson died from an overdose Jan. 3.

Following Jackson’s death, a Wyoming Criminal Division of Investigation special agent traced the purchase back to Fuentes using Jackson’s phone. The agent then used the Signal app on Jackson’s phone to buy two suspected fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone pills, that later tested positive for fentanyl and arrested Fuentes.

Fuentes initially admitted obtaining the 40 counterfeit pills in Denver, two of which he sold to “J.J.” for $80, court documents state.

At the time, Fuentes also confessed to selling the suspected fentanyl-laced oxycodone to “J.J.” on multiple occasions, the new affidavit filed in the Park County case states.

Jackson’s mother, Brenda Armstrong, declined to comment on the new charges.

Fuentes is being held in the Park County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond. He’s applied for a public defender with his preliminary hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in Fifth Judicial District Court in Park County.

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