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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 4, 2019

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Nearly Five Years In Prison for Distribution Of Fentanyl

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A 30-year-old man was sentenced today to 57 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to selling Fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid with the street name “China White,” in North Las Vegas, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Angel Garcia Flores, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute Fentanyl and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan. In addition to the prison term, Flores was sentenced to three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

As part of a drug conspiracy, on January 30, 2018, Flores and others agreed to sell approximately 4,550 grams, or 10 pounds, of Fentanyl for $200,000. The mid-day drug sale took place at a gas station in North Las Vegas while other customers were present. A co-conspirator gave Flores a firearm and was told to watch the other person’s back during the drug transaction.

Co-conspirator Archie Elmer-Lokela Gorai pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 57 months in prison.

The case was investigated by the FBI, ATF, and Nevada Gaming Control Board. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Jaroch prosecuted the case.

Fentanyl poses a high risk of death not only to users, but to law enforcement since the drug may be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. A few milligrams, which is equivalent to a few grains of table salt may be deadly. The powerful synthetic opioid is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine and is added to heroin to increase its potency. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing Fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated March 4, 2019