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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 2, 2019

San Bernardino County Woman Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Distributing Powerful Opioid Designed to Sedate Large Animals

          LOS ANGELES – A Fontana woman who was part of a drug-trafficking organization that distributed carfentanil, a powerful fentanyl analogue that is sometimes used to sedate elephants and other large animals, was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison.

          Alejandra Romero-Agredano, 50, was sentenced by United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez. Romero-Agredano pleaded guilty on January 7 to one count of distribution of more than 100 grams of carfentanil.

          Romero-Agredano -- along with co-defendants Jorge Martin, 28, also of Fontana, and Jose Jesus Camacho-Martinez, 33, of Downey -- participated in a drug ring that distributed nearly 26,000 carfentanil pills to undercover agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration agents over a four-month period.

          Romero-Agredano coordinated the distribution of carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.

          Last year, undercover agents negotiated delivery of the pills with a Mexican-based co-conspirator. Romero-Agredano, working with Camacho-Martinez and Martin, then delivered three separate shipments each containing thousands of carfentanil pills to undercover DEA agents in the Inland Empire.

          This was the first federal carfentanil distribution case charged in the Central District of California.

          The three defendants were arrested by the DEA in September 2018 pursuant to a criminal complaint. Camacho-Martinez and Martin each pleaded guilty to criminal charges in this case. Camacho-Martinez was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, while Martin received a four-year prison sentence.

          The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case. The DEA received substantial assistance from the Fontana Police Department and the Ontario Police Department.

          This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jerry C. Yang of the Riverside Branch Office.

Contact: 
Ciaran McEvoy Public Information Officer United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California (Los Angeles) (213) 894-4465
Press Release Number: 
19-249
Updated December 2, 2019