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California Men Sentenced for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 54 Grams of Fentanyl and 206 Grams of Fentanyl Analogue

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Gulfport, Miss. –   Two Irvine, California men were sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.

David Quinonez, 23, was sentenced to 87 months in prison, and Aaron Torres, 24, was sentenced to 64 months in prison.

According to court records, in March of 2022, law enforcement agents were made aware that David Quinonez was sending pills containing fentanyl to the Southern District of Mississippi.  Undercover agents began communicating with Quinonez and were then able to determine that Aaron Torres was Quinonez’s source of supply.  The agents arranged to purchase fentanyl pills from  Quinonez in California.  When they met with Quinonez, Torres was also present in the car and the pair had pills containing fentanyl that they intended to sell.  The overall conspiracy involved 54 grams of fentanyl and 206 grams of a fentanyl analogue.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Eric DeLaune of Homeland Security Investigations made the announcement.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose.

Updated December 1, 2023

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