Middletown inmate pleads guilty to dealing fentanyl in jail

Eugene Mongar
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Eugene Mongar

A former Middletown jail inmate that overdosed after smuggling fentanyl in his buttocks pleaded guilty to participating in a narcotics conspiracy in the Middletown jail.

Eugene Mongar, 34, pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

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According to court documents, Mongar was a trustee inmate at the Middletown City Jail in December 2017 when co-defendant Louis Cox III, 27, of Middletown, was arrested and booked for drug trafficking.

Cox is alleged to have smuggled fentanyl into the facility on Dec.1, 2017. Officers were dispatched to the jail on Dec. 2, 2017 for several reported overdoses.

One of those inmates who had overdosed told officers Mongar had approached him with fentanyl in exchange for $20 worth of commissary.

Mongar admitted to distributing the fentanyl. Mongar himself overdosed three times within a two-day period from using the same fentanyl he was distributing.

Mongar and Cox were indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2018, at which time they were both transferred to federal custody.

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Mongar pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute narcotics, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Cox has also been charged with participating in a narcotics conspiracy, as well as distributing a controlled substance.