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Kingsport man indicted for selling deadly drug fentanyl after TBI investigation

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A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report issued Friday says a Kingsport man indicted for selling a deadly narcotic that could be a the root of a series of drug deaths in Sullivan County.

Timothy A. Mullins, 62, is facing a series of felonies including conspiracy to possess fentanyl with intent to sell or deliver and extortion, according to the TBI information. He was arrested Friday and is being held in jail in Blountville under a $15,000 bond.

The investigation began in July when Kingsport and Sullivan County police officials were looking into a series of fentanyl overdoses. Mullins became identified during the course of the case as the source of the drug.

The TBI reports that Mullins then tried to extort state agents by accusing them of criminal and unethical acts unless investigators returned evidence that was seized.

Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that the TBI warned the public about last month, reporting deadly doses of the designer substance have been found in recreational drugs like cocaine and have been linked to several overdose deaths statewide.

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