Mexican immigrant in U.S. illegally is sentenced for fentanyl trafficking

Josue Morales-Medina, 41, of Mexico was sentenced to 108 months in prison in U.S. District Court today, Oct. 18 for his role in trafficking heroin laced with fentanyl in the Miami Valley, according to a media release.

According to court documents, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a vehicle in which Morales-Medina was a passenger on Interstate 75 in Dayton in November 2015 for a traffic violation. Morales-Medina was found with $298,000 in cash.

Investigators later found in a home where Morales-Medina was staying, over eight kilograms of fentanyl, nearly one kilogram of heroin and a firearm.

Morales-Medina pleaded guilty in May to a count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Morales-Medina, a Mexican in the U.S. illegally, faces deportation at the conclusion of his prison sentence.

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