Largest International Operation Against Darknet Trafficking of Fentanyl and Opioids Results in Record Arrests and Seizures
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Toledo has returned a five-count indictment charging Jesus Alejandro Degollado, 29, of Fostoria with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and as a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, On August 13, 2020, Toledo police observed the defendant driving a vehicle with multiple felony arrest warrants issued in Lucas County. Police stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Degollado. The defendant was then arrested due to the outstanding warrants. The indictment alleges that during a search of the vehicle, officers located approximately 96 grams of fentanyl, 128 grams of heroin, a loaded semi-automatic handgun with 14 rounds of ammunition and drug trafficking supplies.
Degollado is prohibited from possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of trafficking heroin on January 15, 2015, in the Seneca County Common Pleas Court. Due to the defendant’s prior felony drug trafficking conviction, an enhanced penalty has been charged in the indictment.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Deyana Unis and Alissa M. Sterling.