Drug Dealer Sentenced to 78 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Approximately 90,000 Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl

Drug Dealer Sentenced to 78 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Approximately 90,000 Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl

TUCSON, Ariz. – Last week, Eduardo Flores-Diaz, 43, of Mexico, was sentenced by United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 78 months in prison. Flores-Diaz pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl.

In April 2022, Flores-Diaz, traveled from Tucson, Arizona, with three co-conspirators. The conspirators were subsequently stopped in Scottsdale, Arizona, by federal agents and troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), during a buy/bust operation. Approximately 90,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl were discovered in their possession.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force operation. The OCDETF Strike Force Initiative identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney David Petermann, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-22-1094-JGZ-JR
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-2016_Flores-Diaz

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