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Tucson Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Fentanyl that Caused Death

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – Last week, Oscar S. Acuna, Jr., 35, of Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of fentanyl. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2022, before United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps.

Acuna admitted that he sold fentanyl pills and black tar heroin to a young woman and her boyfriend in May 2020 at a hotel in Tucson. Shortly after ingesting part of one of the pills, the young woman began experiencing respiratory distress. Medical personnel were unable to save her. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of her death was fentanyl and heroin toxicity.

A conviction for distribution of fentanyl carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $1,000,000.00, or both.

Tucson Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefani Hepford, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-20-01564-TUC-JGZ
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-064_Acuna

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Updated May 10, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2022-064_Acuna