BATH | A Connecticut man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge for possessing fentanyl while in the residential substance abuse treatment program at the Bath VA Medical Center.
Nolan Rogers, 32, was found in possession of 20 packets of fentanyl after a search of his person was conducted March 3 after returning from a trip home to Connecticut.
The original criminal complaint indicates an investigation began with a report from a member of the facility staff that Rogers had a knife in violation of policy.
A Bath VA Police officer confronted Rogers, who was eventually found to be in possession of four knives with blades longer than three inches, two hatchets, multiple used and unused hypodermic needles and concealed suboxone strips along with the fentanyl packages.
After the drugs were found, he voluntarily told authorities they contained fentanyl, according to the complaint document. Laboratory testing confirmed that.
He also told investigators that he did not sell or trade drugs to any other person at the facility.
The fentanyl charge carries a sentence of up to one year in prison.
Sentencing in the case is set for Nov. 11 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigations Team under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Sean J. Smith and the Bath VA Police Department headed by Chief Joseph Day. Assistance was provided by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.