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Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Distribute More Than 30 Kilograms of Fentanyl, Heroin & Cocaine in Central Ohio

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A defendant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today after law enforcement officials discovered more than 30 kilograms of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, as well as nearly $75,000 in cash, in his motorcycle.


Jorge Sanchez Montes, 33, of Phoenix, Ariz., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiring to possess more than 400 grams of a substance containing fentanyl. Montes faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years up to life in prison.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and law enforcement officials with the Central Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force announced the plea entered into this morning before Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.


According to court documents, officers conducted a traffic stop on Montes in June near mile marker 78 on Interstate 70, near Plain City. During the stop, a K9 positively alerted to narcotics and Montes’ motorcycle was subsequently searched. Officers discovered approximately 30 packages of narcotics and more than $74,300 in cash.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the Central Ohio HIDTA Task Force and Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Hunter, who is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated August 27, 2019

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