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Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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

A Dallas fentanyl trafficker who admitted to dealing more than 142,000 counterfeit pills was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.

Terrill Antwan Ray, 48, pleaded guilty in April 2023 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge David Godbey, who called the amount of drugs in the case “staggering. 

In plea papers, Mr. Ray admitted that during a 2019 raid on his apartment, law enforcement seized more than 28,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills weighing more than 12.5 kilograms.  

During subsequent raids on the homes of two coconspirators, law enforcement seized an additional 114,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills, including 105,000 belonging to Mr. Ray, that weighed a combined 42 kilograms. They also seized an electromagnetic foil capping machine, hundreds of empty plastic pill bottles, more than $11,000 in U.S. currency, and two firearms. 

In plea papers, Mr. Ray admitted to distributing more than 142,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills marked to resemble hydrocodone and oxycodone.

Court documents detail text messages in which Mr. Ray and a down-line distributor discussed drug debts and referenced “school busses” (code for narcotics), “blues” (slang for oxycodone), and “dros” (slang for hydrocodone).

“Today’s sentencing of Terrill Ray exemplifies the commitment of DEA Dallas and our numerous law enforcement partners to relentlessly pursue those who distribute illicit fentanyl,” said DEA Dallas Special Agent in Charge, Eduardo A. Chávez.  “Mr. Ray is being held accountable for the poison that found its way into our community by his hand and the tens of thousands of pills that could have found their way into our love ones’ hands.  DEA Dallas remains relentless in our efforts to rid illicit fentanyl from the streets of Dallas, while equally supporting and standing firm with those family members and friends affected by the grip of illicit substance abuse.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration's Dallas Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department, DeSoto Police Department and Cedar Hill Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Requénez and Abe McGlothin (fmr) prosecuted the case.

The case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force Initiative, which provides for the establishment of permanent multi-agency task force teams that work side-by-side in the same location. This co-located model enables agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations.


Erin Dooley
Press Officer

Updated March 18, 2024

Drug Trafficking