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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl that Caused Overdose Death

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

FRESNO, Calif. — Marcus Randall, 40, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for distributing fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on Dec. 16, 2020, Randall knowingly distributed 10 “blues” (fentanyl pills) to K.T. in Bakersfield. Randall knew that the pills he distributed to K.T. contained fentanyl. K.T. suffered a fatal fentanyl overdose on Dec. 17, 2020.  Law enforcement later searched Randall’s residence under a warrant and found a fentanyl pill and about $5,500 in cash. His phone records revealed a history of dealing drugs, including fentanyl pills, both to K.T. and other unidentified people, including after K.T.’s overdose death.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service, the Bakersfield Police Department, the Kern County Probation Department, and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin J. Gilio and Antonio J. Pataca prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.) a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas as well as identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers. In July 2018, the Justice Department announced the creation of S.O.S., which is being implemented in the Eastern District of California and nine other federal districts.

Updated February 26, 2024

Drug Trafficking