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Arrest in Sacramento-Area Fentanyl Investigation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California
Investigation Is Ongoing into Fentanyl and Hydrocodone Distribution

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento woman was arrested today after a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on Thursday, July 14, 2016, charging her with possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone and fentanyl, distribution of hydrocodone and fentanyl, and using a cellphone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin announced.

According to the indictment, between June 18, 2015, and March 27, 2016, Mildred Dossman, 50, distributed hydrocodone and fentanyl in Sacramento County. Dossman was arrested at her home today and was arraigned today by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Sacramento Police Department, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Paul Hemesath is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Dossman faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation continues into fentanyl and hydrocodone distribution in the greater Sacramento Area. The DEA has established a tip line, and callers can remain anonymous. Anyone with information relating to this investigation is encouraged to call the tip line at 530-722-7577.

Updated July 19, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2:16-cr-129 TLN