Federal heroin/fentanyl trial postponed

Charles Logan Silliman’s mugshot from Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

The trial against the Louisville man who is facing federal charges in connection with a local heroin/fentanyl overdose death has been postponed because of its complexity.

The trial initially was scheduled to begin Monday.

Logan Charles Silliman, 30, of Louisville, was indicted March 8 by a federal grand jury on charges including intentionally distributing heroin resulting in death. That charge alone comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. He pleaded not guilty.

Authorities allege that Silliman sold fentanyl-laced heroin to Greg Allen, of Louisville, who died at age 27 on Dec. 20. Silliman is being held at Oldham County Jail.

Attorneys for both the United States and the defendant asked that the trial be postponed because it “involves complicated scientific information and opinions that require extensive time and research to adequately prepare for trial.”

Judge David J. Hale has granted the request and has postponed the trial until 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25.

Authorities are cracking down on drug dealers because of the spike in heroin deaths. Last year, 324 people died from an accidental drug overdose in Louisville, up 47 percent from the prior year. Drug dealers increasingly are mixing heroin with the less expensive — but more potent — synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is contributing to the rise in overdose deaths.