California Man Sentenced for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogue
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska
United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Alejandro Berrelleza-Bojorquez, 25, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced on April 14, 2023, in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska. Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Berrelleza-Bojorquez to 76 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of fentanyl analogue. After completing his sentence, Berrelleza-Bojorquez will be placed on supervised release for 4 years. Berrelleza-Bojorquez faces deportation from the United States following the service of his sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.
On March 7, 2022, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper stopped a vehicle driven by Berrelleza-Bojorquez on Interstate 80 in Dawson County for speeding. His co-defendant, Orlando Castro-Gutierrez, was the passenger. The trooper smelled marijuana odor emanating from the vehicle, and the vehicle was searched. In the trunk, law enforcement found 10 triple-wrapped bags under clothing. Those bags contained about 10,000 pills. Law enforcement also found in the trunk 15 zip-lock baggies in a paper sack that contained about 15,000 pills. The vehicle was towed, and both men were arrested. Upon further search after the tow, law enforcement found a 1 kilogram-sized brick in a box in the trunk. Sample pills from the 10 wrapped bags were tested at the state lab, and the lab confirmed that they contained fentanyl. The pills in those ten wrapped bags weighed over one kilogram. Sample pills from the 15 zip-lock baggies were tested at the lab, and the lab determined they contained para-fluorofentanyl, a schedule I substance and analogue of fentanyl. The pills from those 15 baggies weighed about one and a half kilograms. The brick was tested at the lab as well, and the lab confirmed it contained fentanyl.
Castro-Gutierrez is scheduled to plead guilty on May 3, 2023, in Lincoln.
This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol.
Susan Lehr – First Assistant U.S. Attorney; Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700
Updated April 18, 2023