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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Three drug deals translate into three-year prison sentence

This is Michael Hennigan Jr

KEY WEST, January 3, 2020 – A Key West drug dealer is headed to prison for three years after pleading out in three cases against him.

Michael Hennigan Jr., 33, pleaded no contest to sale of fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a church, sale of fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communications device. Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced him December 20, with prison followed by three years of probation. Assistant State Attorney Patrick Flanigan represented the state.

Each of the charges grew out of controlled and recorded drug transactions set up by Key West police using a confidential informant.

In one case, on March 27, 2019, an informant called Hennigan to set up a deal to purchase fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiod similar to morphine but much more powerful. The transaction, $100 for three 11mg fentanyl patches, took place outside a Fleming Street business.

The day before, an informant texted Hennigan seeking to purchase oxycontin. He didn’t have any so the informant decided on fentanyl. They met near a Duval Street eatery and just like the transaction the next day, Hennigan sold the informant three fentanyl patches for $100. He was arrested on warrants May 28, charged in both cases.

The other case was from June 13, 2018. An informant texted Hennigan asking to purchase 3.5 grams of MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, a synthetic drug that can act as a stimulant. They met at Hennigan’s Virginia Street residence and he sold the informant 2.9 grams of the drug for $100. Hennigan was arrested on a warrant that October 23.

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