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Southern California Man Sentenced to Ten Years in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

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

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 9, 2020, Richard Garner (age: 56) of Rancho Cucamonga, California, was sentenced to a term of ten years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).

According to court documents, on July 31, 2019, Garner had a suspected drug-laden package mailed from Redondo Beach, California, to a residence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted the suspicious package, which was later confirmed to contain approximately a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of N-Phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl] propanamide, commonly known as fentanyl.  During the same timeframe, Garner was also responsible for sending and further distributing controlled substances in other locations within the continental United States, including Ohio and Louisiana.  Garner committed this offense while on federal supervised release for prior convictions for Operating a Criminal Enterprise and Money Laundering.

In pronouncing sentence, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman noted the serious nature of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant.    

The case was investigated by the North Central HIDTA Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Brady, Jr.

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Updated November 10, 2020