Woman pleads guilty to smuggling fentanyl into prison

Published: Apr. 19, 2018 at 1:07 PM AKDT
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An Anchorage woman has pleaded guilty to distributing a potent drug inside a prison. The drugs caused four inmates to overdose – one of them twice.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 36-year-old Dorothy Elizabeth Lantz pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors say Lantz was brought to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center from Anchorage Correctional Complex on Oct. 30, 2017, and she was carrying the potent drug fentanyl inside her body. She then distributed it to two inmates the next day.

Prosecutors say between Oct. 30 and 31, four inmates collapsed from fentanyl – one of them twice in that time period. All four were resuscitated and survived, but the investigation led investigators back to Lantz, who they found had traded the drugs for commissary items.

Lantz could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines. She’s scheduled to be sentenced July 9.