FRESNO, Calif .– Uriel Ivan Portillo, 35, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said.

According to court documents, on November 21, 2019, Portillo distributed 5,000 counterfeit oxycodone tablets containing fentanyl in exchange for $ 40,000 in a controlled purchase in Bakersfield.

Portillo is to be sentenced before US District Judge Dale A. Drozd on February 18, 2022. Portillo faces a maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 1 million. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after considering all applicable statutory factors and federal sentencing guidelines, which take a number of variables into account.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Southern Three Counties High Intensity Drug Trafficking Zone Working Group; the Kern County Sheriff’s Department; and the Bakersfield Police Department. Deputy U.S. prosecutors Karen Escobar, Angela Scott and Melanie Alsworth are continuing the case.

This effort is part of an Operation Drugs Against Organized Crime Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a multi-agency, prosecutor-led, intelligence-led approach. Additional information on the OCDETF program is available at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.


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