SAN JOSE — A former pharmacy worker was sentenced this week to 7½ years in prison for distributing fentanyl-laced pills that killed a Monterey County resident, authorities said.
Francisco Javier Schraidt Rodriguez, 63, formerly of Mexicali, Mexico, was charged on March 25, 2022 with fentanyl distribution and conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and alprazolam. announced R. Shannon.
He entered into a plea deal and pleaded guilty to both charges on April 11, 2022, according to the Northern California District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The 90-month sentence was handed down by US District Judge Edward J. Davila.
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In his plea deal, Schraidt Rodriguez admitted that from June 2018 to November 2019, he conspired with others and sold counterfeit pharmaceutical pills that he knew contained fentanyl, which can be fatal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The fentanyl laced pills, colored light blue and imprinted with “M” on one side and “30” on the other, are commonly referred to as “M30s”.
Schraidt Rodriguez, who worked at a pharmacy in Mexicali, Mexico, shipped the drugs in batches of 100 to a co-conspirator in Monterey County, including alprazolam, known in the US as Xanax, packaged as “Farmapram.” He often “fronted” the pills and accepted payment at a later date after the co-conspirator resold the drugs to others.
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Schraidt Rodriguez admitted that the M30 pills he sold killed a Monterey County man who overdosed on the pills and later died after being found unconscious, leaving behind a husband and young son, the U.S. Public Prosecutor said. ministry.
In addition to the 90-month federal prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila Schraidt ordered Rodriguez to serve three years after his release from federal prison. Schraidt Rodriguez was taken into custody during the hearing to serve his sentence immediately.
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Authorities advise people to beware of pills bought on the street. Fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, is a very potent opiate that can be diluted with cutting agents to create counterfeit pills that mimic the effects of Oxycodone, Percocet, and other drugs, and can usually be obtained at a lower cost than the real drugs.
However, very small variations in the amount or quality of fentanyl have huge effects on the potency of the counterfeit pills and can easily lead to deadly consequences, the US Attorney’s Office said.
Fentanyl has now become the leading cause of drug overdose deaths in the United States. Counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills are often shaped and colored to resemble pills legally sold in pharmacies. Counterfeit pills, known as M30s, mimic Oxycodone, but routinely contain fentanyl. These tablets are round and often light blue in color, although they are available in many other colours, and “M” and “30” are printed on either side of the pill.
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