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District of Arizona

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mesa Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Distribution of Heroin

     PHOENIX – This week, Daniel George Luntraru, 33, of Mesa, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 84 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Luntraru had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of distribution of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Luntraru was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment on each of the five counts, with the sentences to be served concurrently.  

     On March 8, 2015, Luntraru sold heroin to a heroin user who resided at a men’s sober living home in Mesa, Ariz. That user had purchased the heroin for himself and another resident of the home. The other resident was found dead in his room the next morning, and an autopsy by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office found the cause of death to be acute heroin intoxication. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began an investigation after being made aware of the circumstances of the death in early 2017, and observed Luntraru conduct hand-to-hand sales of heroin near his apartment. In June 2017, agents executed a federal search warrant at Luntraru’s apartment and found additional sale quantities of heroin.

     The investigation in this case was conducted by the DEA, Mesa Police Department, and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glenn McCormick and Don Pashayan, District of Arizona, Phoenix.


CASE NUMBER:         17-0807-PHX-SPL           

RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-137_ Luntraru

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Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
2018-137_ Luntraru / 17-0807-PHX-SPL
Updated October 24, 2018