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Chattanooga Man Handed 21-year Sentence for Fentanyl-related Overdose

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Chattanooga Man Handed 21-year Sentence for Fentanyl-related Overdose

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A local man was yesterday sentenced to a 21-year prison term in relation to a fatal fentanyl-related overdose. Jonathan Bash, 25, received the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Curtis L. Collier, which also includes a five-year supervised release at the end of his sentence.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) stated that Bash was involved in distributing para-fluorofentanyl, a drug similar to, but more potent than, Fentanyl. This led to the overdose and subsequent death of Charlotte Gallant, 19. Bash pled guilty to supplying the substance to a young male, who then shared it with Gallant, his girlfriend.

Bash Misrepresented the Drug

According to court records, Bash, on distributing the drugs, misled the young couple by informing them that what they were taking was ketamine. Unfortunately, both Gallant and her boyfriend overdosed on the misleadingly-marketed para-fluorofentanyl, leading to Gallant’s death and serious physical harm to her boyfriend.

The Devastating Effects of Fentanyl

Reacting to the tragic incident, U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton, III remarked, “This is a tragic case. Using any kind of narcotic acquired on the streets or even from a friend, regardless of how the drug appears to be marketed, can unknowingly lead to the use of fentanyl, and the effects can be lethal.” He further added that his office would continue striving to bring justice to victims and their families, to the community, and to those like Gallant.

Coordinated Investigation Leads to Conviction

The successful prosecution was the result of a coordinated effort among multiple agencies, such as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and the Chattanooga Police Department.

Public Warning

In the wake of the conviction, local authorities and officials have issued warnings about the dangers of drug misuse and the tragic consequences of fentanyl-related overdoses. They caution that drugs acquired from less trustworthy sources, such as the streets or less-regulated vendors, carry high risks, and encourage individuals to refrain from substance misuse. Any suspicious activity or information about potential sources of such drugs should be reported immediately for action.

Remembering the Victim

Charlotte Gallant was described by loved ones as a vibrant young woman with a bright future ahead of her. Her tragic death serves as a potent reminder of the dangers posed by substance misuse and the destructive impact of illicit drugs like fentanyl on society.


The original report of this case was presented by HERE News Network, who closely follows local and regional crime stories. The network remains committed to providing factual and comprehensive news coverage in their service to the communities that depend on them for information.

Author: HERE News

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