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Tucson Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Distributing Fentanyl Resulting in Death

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – Yesterday, United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps sentenced Oscar Sun Acuna, Jr., 36, of Tucson, Arizona, to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Additionally, Acuna forfeited a .40 caliber handgun and ammunition. Acuna previously pleaded guilty to Distribution of Fentanyl Resulting in Death in connection with the overdose death of a young woman in May 2020.

In May 2020, Acuna sold two pills containing fentanyl to the victim and her boyfriend for $30. At his arrest, the defendant was in possession of a loaded handgun, 73 fentanyl pills, hundreds of dollars in cash, and Narcan.

In a press release earlier this month, the DEA announced as part of its One Pill Can Kill public service campaign, that six out of every 10 fentanyl-laced pills tested so far in 2022 contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl (

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


CASE NUMBER:            CR-20-01564-TUC-JGZ (MSA)
RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-219_Acuna


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Updated November 30, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2022-219_Acuna