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Tenderloin Neighborhood Drug Distributor Sentenced To 32 Months In Prison

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

SAN FRANCISCO – Yohan Murillo-Medina was sentenced today to serve 32 months in prison for possessing fentanyl and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the drugs in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, announced U.S. Attorney Ismail Ramsey and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Brian Clark. United States District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley handed down the sentence.

Murillo-Medina, 22, of San Francisco, pleaded guilty to the charges on February 21, 2024. According to his plea agreement, Murillo-Medina admitted that in the early morning of January 30, 2023, he was near the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Hyde Street where he was carrying a backpack and possessed a jacket. He ran when he noticed law enforcement officers approaching the area where he was located, and he discarded his backpack and jacket as he ran. Murillo-Medina acknowledged that he did this because he thought the officers were going to arrest him for possessing and trying to distribute the controlled substances in the backpack and jacket. After several blocks, Murillo-Medina stopped running and was detained. Law enforcement recovered the backpack and jacket which contained controlled substances including approximately 1,749.9 grams of a substance containing fentanyl; 20.7 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine; 26.7 grams of alprazolam pills; and 132.1 grams of marijuana.

On April 11, 2023, a federal grand jury indicted Murillo-Medina, charging him with one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, both in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C). Murillo-Medina pleaded guilty to both counts.

In addition to the 32-month prison sentence, Judge Corley ordered Murillo-Medina to serve three years of supervised release. Murillo-Medina has been detained since being taken into federal custody and will begin to serve his prison term immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Buszin is prosecuting the case with assistance from Laurence Macaraeg. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the DEA and the San Francisco Police Department. 

Updated June 27, 2024