According to the US Department of Justice, this trafficking has resulted in 15 overdoses in the United States, four of which proved fatal.
A Montrealer faces life in prison in the United States after pleading guilty to exporting fentanyl to this country from his cell in Drummondville, as part of an international organization traffickers.
The US Department of Justice claims that fentanyl trafficking organized by Jason Joey Berry resulted in 15 overdoses in the United States, four of which proved fatal.
Berry, age 39 years, pleaded guilty last Friday to conspiring to import and distribute fentanyl into the United States, a crime that US officials say resulted in serious bodily harm and even death.
US authorities say Berry along with a fellow inmate, Daniel Vivas Ceron, arranged for the distribution in the United States of fentanyl and similar products from Canada and China. Both men were then incarcerated at Drummond Medium Security Institution in Drummondville.
Vivas Ceron, a Colombian national, pleaded guilty to various charges in 2019 and is also at risk. a life sentence.
Jason Berry was part of a fentanyl trafficking ring that contributed to the opioid epidemic plaguing our communities, said Kenneth A. Polite Jr., assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in a July 29 statement.
The sentencing, he added, sends a clear message that the department is committed to stop the flow of deadly drugs and hold traffickers accountable.
The investigation, dubbed Operation Denial, began in January 2015 in North Dakota, following the overdose death of an 18-year-old American boy, Bailey Henke, of Grand Forks. Several people from Canada, China and the United States have been charged or convicted since the start of this operation.
Berry had been arrested in this case by Canadian authorities in 2019 and extradited to North Dakota in 2021. Sentenced Jan. 17, 2023; the mandatory minimum sentence is life in prison.