LITTLE ROCK—A federal grand jury has charged two Little Rock men with crimes involving fentanyl. Jemel Foster, 31, and Russell Stacks, 49, were indicted on July 6, 2021, in separate cases that both include charges of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Foster, who was previously charged in January 2021, faces a new charge: distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. At a bond hearing on Feb. 16, 2021, prosecutors presented information about the overdose death of an individual referred to as K.W., and Foster was detained to await his trial.

Stacks, who faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in addition to the fentanyl and gun charges, was initially charged in a complaint on June 7, 2021, and indicted Tuesday. While conducting surveillance during the course of investigating Stacks, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent encountered an individual who collapsed from a fentanyl overdose. The agent conducted CPR, issued Narcan, and resuscitated the individual, who had stopped breathing.

Foster and Stacks will appear for arraignment later this month before United States Magistrate Judge Jerome Kearney. The DEA is conducting the separate investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Givens is prosecuting the cases.

An indictment only contains allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.