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Possession of more than half-a-million fentanyl pills gets man eight year prison sentence

Culiacán, Sinaloa — A man found in possession of more than half-a-million fentanyl pills has been sentenced to eight years. Saúl “A” was sentenced to eight years and 10 months in prison Monday for “possession of fentanyl for commercial purposes and carrying a firearm,” authorities reported.

The State Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) reported in a statement that Saúl “A” was captured in 2021 with 553,153 fentanyl pills, one kilo and eight grams of the same narcotic in paste form, and two firearms.

“The events were recorded in 2021, when elements of the Sinaloa State Preventive Police, carrying out a surveillance tour in the Campesina El Barrio neighborhood, noticed that a house had the gate open and inside a person was carrying plastic trays.

“When he noticed the presence of police, for no apparent reason he pulled out a pistol and pointed it at them. The uniformed officers disarmed him and after an inspection of the place they found the drugs and seized the firearms, the one he was carrying and another that was inside a truck parked in the garage,” the FGR said.

The District Judge Specialized in the Accusatory Criminal System in Culiacán, Sinaloa, sentenced him to eight years, 10 months and 20 days in prison. He is currently imprisoned in the Aguaruto Penitentiary Center, Sinaloa.

Photo: FGR May 7, 2024.

The FGR did not provide a breakdown of the sentencing between the possession of drugs and the illegal firearms.