Tucson man sentenced 17 years for fentanyl sale resulting in death
PHOENIX — A Tucson man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for selling drugs containing fentanyl that led to the death of a young man, authorities said.
Alexandro Luis Gomez, 30, will also serve five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to distributing a controlled substance leading to death, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.
Gomez sold the young man six pills that contained fentanyl for $90 in 2019. The man overdosed and died from fentanyl toxicity.
On top of the sentencing, Gomez was ordered by the court to pay $12,727 in restitution to the family for the young man’s funeral and burial.
“Drug dealers are responsible for the consequences when young Americans die from the poison they sell,” United States Attorney Gary Restaino said in the release.
“This lengthy sentence for a $90 sale of six pills should serve both as a deterrent to other traffickers and as an homage to the victim’s family as they mourn his unexpected death.”
As law enforcement investigated Gomez, agents witnessed him make two other drug deals. When he was arrested, he had 462 fentanyl pills and a handgun in his vehicle, according to the release.
After searching his home, agents found drugs of various types, four additional firearms, multiple cellular telephones and $10,625 in drug profits.
The Oro Valley and Tucson Police Departments and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation.