An accused drug dealer pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to intending to distribute 178 capsules of fentanyl in a case related to a Dayton man who approached plain-clothes police officers with a free sample.
Daniel R. Gordon, 38, agreed to plead guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court in exchange for prosecutors dropping a weapons charge.
Gordon could spend from 57 to 71 months in prison if U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice accepts the plea and decides to sentence Gordon inside the agreed-upon range.
The charge carries penalties of zero to 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine. Gordon is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 24.
Federal prosecutors said what made this case unique was that the seized capsules were packaged just like Oxycodone, but tested positive for fentanyl.
Court records indicate Gordon’s case is related to that of Taylor D. White, who allegedly provided officers with a free drug sample. That led to several more buys and led to a 13-count indictment, court records show.
White honked the horn of his white Chevrolet Impala and motioned for two men in another car to follow him off Salem Avenue onto a side street, according to a criminal complaint.
White allegedly handed the men three gel caps of suspected fentanyl and a phone number. Eight more times from November 2016 until January 2017, White allegedly sold heroin and/or fentanyl to the two men, according to court records.
The men were both Dayton police officers — one a detective and the other an FBI task force member, according to court documents. White’s case is scheduled for a telephone conference next month.
That investigation led to a search warrant at 1607 W. Grand Ave. in Dayton, where police found Gordon’s ID and other documentation, plus drugs and three weapons, according to court documents.
Gordon’s attorney, Danny O’Brien, dropped a motion to suppress evidence.