A Springfield man was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday for possessing fentanyl that he intended to distribute.

Anthony Cortez Lewis, 40, was charged with one count of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute. The indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Lewis on June 24, 2022, which charged the same offense, a release said.

According to an affidavit, detectives with the Springfield Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence associated with Lewis on June 23 and found a blue duffel bag on the floor of a bedroom that contained 825 grams of fentanyl.

Detectives also found Lewis’s billfold, which contained his Missouri identification card, as well as other documents, such as a motor vehicle registration for Lewis’s Tesla and his certificate of high school equivalence, in the bedroom, the release said.

During the search of the residence, Lewis was seen conducting what appeared to be drug transactions near Sunshine Street and Ingram Mill Avenue, the release said.

Police conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in which Lewis was allegedly conducting drug transactions and arrested him. When Lewis was transported to the Greene County jail, a strip search was conducted and jail personnel removed 17 individually packaged bags from Lewis’s rectum that contained a total of approximately 13.1 grams of an off-white substance.

According to the release, the substance, which was not tested, resembled the same color and appearance of the fentanyl found at the residence.

“The charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt,” the release said. “Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.”

Jackie Rehwald

Jackie Rehwald is a reporter at the Springfield Daily Citizen. She covers housing, homelessness, domestic violence and early childhood, among other public affairs issues. Her office line is 417-837-3659. More by Jackie Rehwald