Illegal Alien With Enough Fentanyl to Kill 1/2 Million Americans, Jailed for 6 Years
Feds crack down on soaring opioid crisis sweeping United States
An illegal alien, that was caught with enough fentanyl that could potentially kill half a million Americans, has been sentenced to more than six years in prison, federal officials say.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced 53-year-old illegal alien Pablo Vega-Ontanon from Mexico to 74 months in federal prison, and five years of supervised release for possession of the drug fentanyl with intent to distribute the drugs.
Vega-Ontanon traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi on November 6, 2018, with Eder Ortega-Casarrubias and Eric Estudillo-Carrazco to sell heroin, they said was stored in their vehicle, to a confidential informant.
After the illegal alien and his two accomplices were arrested, investigators discovered they were also in possession of nine kilograms of heroin and one kilogram of fentanyl.
The drugs were enough too kill 500,000 Americans, nearly the entire population of Wyoming.
Ortega-Cassarubias was sentenced to 10.5 years in prison in June.
last month, Estudillo-Carrazco pleaded guilty and faced a maximum life sentence and a $10 million fine.
Nearly 70,000 to 76,000 Americans die from drug overdoses every year.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents have arrested two-hundred and ninety people and shut down dozens of pharmacies as part of a massive crackdown on opioids— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 2, 2019
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$2M Worth of Meth And Marijuana Seized in Arizona Border Drug Bust https://t.co/MynsZ6GOvL— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) February 3, 2019
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), young white American men are the most vulnerable to the national opioid crisis.
Earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents arrested two-hundred and ninety people and shut down dozens of pharmacies as part of a massive crackdown on opioids.
The DEA also seized $3.3 million in assets, including a small airplane and a yacht as part of an operation called “Operation Cazador.”
“Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration also confiscated more than 600 pounds of heroin and opioids as well as more than 35 weapons,” The Daily Mail reported.
Agents arrested a pharmacist in Ormond Beach, who was an accused of peddling illegal substances and whose license had previously been revoked.