A Springfield man accused of having enough carefentanil to kill hundreds of people was sentenced to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute, according to the Department of Justice Southern District of Ohio.
Alandre J. Gilbreath Jr., 34, pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute more than 10 grams of carfentanil in December.
“Powerful opioids, such as carfentanil, will continue to be a serious threat to America and Ohio as long as drug dealers such as Gilbreath are willing to put themselves and the community at risk,” said Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Plancon.
In May 2017, Springfield police responded to a reported break in and found Gilbreath on the front porch of the house, according to the DOJ.
Officers reportedly saw him remove a baggie from his pocket and throw it into the yard.
“Officers picked up the bag, and forensic analysis at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation determined it contained 16.28 grams of a mixture of fentanyl and carfentanil,” said Benjamin Glassman, attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “This amount is a quantity intended for distribution.”
Carfentanil is reportedly 1,000 times stronger than morphine and is commonly used as a large animal tranquilizer.
“Gilbreath was in possession of enough carfentanil to kill approximately 700 people,” said Plancon. “This case is a testament to the relentless determination of law enforcement to make a significant impact on the opioid supply in Ohio and to keep our communities drug free.”
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