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Man pleads guilty in fentanyl death of Kalamazoo resident

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 15:53:32-05

LANSING, Mich. — 34-year-old Keenan Jermaine Dunigan pleaded guilty for distributing a lethal dose of fentanyl to a Kalamazoo resident, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Michigan.

They say the victim was found dead on Jan. 14, 2020, adding that Kalamazoo police recovered trace amounts of heroin. We’re told Michigan State Police arrested Dunigan several hours before on outstanding warrants after absconding from bond in Sept. 2019.

Following an investigation conducted by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, the Portage Police Department and the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement team, it was determined that Dunigan had an active drug operation for a number of months before the victim was found dead, according to the attorney’s office. They say he employed several acquaintances to continue his operation following his arrest, who all later pleaded guilty for drug trafficking.

We’re told Dunigan was charged with eight separate counts pertaining to firearms possession and drug trafficking. He may face 25 to 35 years in prison as a result of the plea agreement.

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