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California man pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution

Updated August 5, 2020 - 9:10 am

A California man has pleaded guilty to attempting to sell nearly 3 pounds of fentanyl in North Las Vegas, authorities said.

Rigoberto Calderon-Molina, 40, of Earlimart, California, pleaded guilty Monday to possession with the intent to distribute nearly 2.9 pounds of fentanyl, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Nevada. The plea deal was announced by U.S. Attorney for Nevada Nicholas A. Trutanich and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Neill of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Las Vegas.

On April 25, 2018, Calderon-Molina “met an individual in a North Las Vegas parking lot to sell 1.3 kilograms (nearly 2.9 pounds) of Fentanyl, which is a Schedule II controlled substance,” authorities said.

Authorities said at the time of the arrest they seized approximately 13,000 fentanyl pills.

Calderon-Molina was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2018. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled before U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey in November.

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