A call of a reported overdose led to a felony charge and the arrest of a Hannibal man who allegedly provided Fentanyl to the man who injected the substance.

A call of a reported overdose led to a felony charge and the arrest of a Hannibal man who allegedly provided Fentanyl to the man who injected the substance.

Marion County Prosecutor David Clayton announced that Kristopher Sponsler, 27, of Hannibal, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance this week. He is currently held in the Marion County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

Sponsler is charged with the Class C felony of delivery of Fentanyl that led to an overdose. The user was administered three doses of Narcan and was revived. According to a probable cause statement from the Hannibal Police Department, officers responded to a call of an overdose at about 10:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17 on the 500 block of N. 9th St. Upon reaching the scene, officers found Tyler Garrett with a faint pulse and slight breathing. After 30 seconds, he stopped breathing and officers began administering CPR. After he received three doses of Narcan, Garrett became responsive.

Garrett later told officers he had injected an amount about the size of a match head of the substance which he thought to be heroin. Afterward he said he “started feeling weird,” and he said that Sponsler told him the substance was pure Fentanyl.

“This overdose shows just how dangerous Fentanyl is. My office is taking the matter very seriously. We’re seeing more situations where heroin is being mixed with Fentanyl as was allegedly done here,” Clayton said. “Unfortunately, the law does not permit me to charge this alleged distributor with more serious charges.”

The defendant has no criminal history yet faces up to 10 years in prison, one year in jail or a fine up to $10,000 or a combination. His arraignment hearing is set before Judge John Jackson on Friday, Sept. 21 in Marion County Associate Court.