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Fentanyl in Branson.

The Fentanyl epidemic hits a tourist town where most of us have visited.

Prosecutors tell News talk KZRG that 31-year-old Ryan Brynell, of Branson, has been charged in federal court with attempted possession with intent to distribute fentanyl after selling drugs linked to three overdoses, one of them fatal.

The criminal complaint says the case against Brynell started in September when Jeffrey Baker died in Branson from a fentanyl overdose. Investigators found text messages between Baker and Brynell in which they apparently arranged a drug deal. Two other people who survived overdoses in recent months identified Brynell as their drug supplier.

The complaint says detectives started tracking his movements and arrested him earlier this month. Brynell admitted that the substance in his possession was heroin or fentanyl. The field test wasn’t conclusive.

An attempt to reach his attorney for comment wasn’t successful.

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