Mississippi Man Gets 100 Years in Prison for Selling Drugs

A Mississippi man was sentenced to 124 years in prison for possessing, selling and trafficking drugs following his arrest this year after drugs he sold were found to be the reason for 24-year-old Austin Elliot's overdose death, WBAL-TV reported.

Carlos Allen, 33, was found guilty of selling fentanyl, trafficking fentanyl, possession of hydrocodone and possession of amphetamine, WJTV reported. He received 20 years for his conviction for selling fentanyl, 80 for trafficking fentanyl and 12 years for each possession charge. The sentences will be served consecutively, the report added.

Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney Bubba Bramlett mentioned during a press conference the six West Point cadets in Florida who overdosed on fentanyl earlier this month, saying fentanyl "is bad stuff." While four of the cadets overdosed on cocaine laced with fentanyl, the other two were exposed to the substance while trying to save the others' lives.

In the past two weeks, fentanyl overdoses have made headlines in states like Ohio, where the drug was released in the ventilation system of a juvenile detention center, and New Jersey, where a 12-year-old boy fatally overdosed while cleaning his uncle's fentanyl stash.

Bramlett said during a press conference that Allen's sentence was so harsh because cellphone records indicated he knew the drug was killing people and sold it anyway, with Bramlett quoting Allen as saying he knew people were "flopping."

Bramlett also said there were five other deaths in Madison County tied to fentanyl overdose in the 30 days since Elliot's death, though it is unclear whether Allen was involved.

"There were over 100,000 overdose deaths last year—more than suicide, more than car wrecks," he said. "And of those deaths, 70 percent of them were because of fentanyl."

The 80-year sentence is double the maximum sentence for drug trafficking in Mississippi, according to state law. It shows an increased crackdown on the sale and distribution of fentanyl, which is an opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, according to a news release from Bramlett.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Allen told Newsweek that the trafficking sentence was so long because Allen had a prior drug offense and was in possession of a firearm.

"So [Allen] actually could have received the sentence of 80 years doubled again," she said. "All the judge did was double it for being a subsequent drug offender and he did not double it again for having the gun in hand."

Police found more than 150 counterfeit pain pills that potentially contained fentanyl when they arrested Allen, WJTV reported. Police said the pills were disguised to look like oxycodone, adding that they are seeing a rise in cases like these, according to the Madison County Journal.

Before the sentencing, Charles Elliot, Austin Elliot's father, said justice will come when Allen "passes away and he meets God and God will make a decision," WJTV reported.

"The pain and the grief that this has caused us has taken years off of our lives," he said. "There is no justice."

Bramlett did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Update 3/30/22, 12:20 p.m. ET: This story was updated with comment from Assistant District Attorney Ashley Allen.

Man Receives 100-Year Sentence for Drug Charges
A Mississippi man was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for drug possession, selling and trafficking. Stock Image/Getty Images