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Career Offender Sentenced To More Than Eight Years For Selling Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

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

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron today sentenced Jesus Manuel Rodriguez-Castillo (39, Kissimmee) to eight years and four months in federal prison for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin. Rodriguez-Castillo had pleaded guilty on October 5, 2021.

According to court documents, Rodriguez-Castillo sold approximately 290 grams of fentanyl-laced heroin to a cooperating source and an undercover DEA agent on four separate occasions, from December 2018 through August 2019, for a total of $16,790. Rodriguez-Castillo was previously convicted for robbery in 2010 and aggravated assault with a firearm in 2015, and therefore, determined to be a career offender under federal sentencing rules. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Winter Park Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dana E. Hill.

Updated February 9, 2022

Drug Trafficking