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20-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Possessing 115 Pounds of Fentanyl Pills with Intent to Distribute

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Nathan Hernandez, 20, of Yuma, pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl last week. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 25, 2024, before United States District Judge Michael T. Liburdi.

Hernandez admitted that on November 3, 2023, he entered the United States through the San Luis Port of Entry in San Luis, Arizona, with 115.04 pounds of fentanyl pills hidden in a non-factory compartment of his 2020 Dodge Ram. Hernandez further admitted that he possessed the fentanyl with the intent to deliver it to another person. In his plea agreement, Hernandez agreed to forfeit the 2020 Dodge Ram used to transport the fentanyl pills into the United States.

A conviction for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Doyle, District of Arizona, Phoenix, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-23-01674-MTL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-199_Hernandez

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated December 13, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2023-199_Hernandez