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Chula Vista man convicted of distributing 100 pounds of fentanyl

SAN DIEGO. A Chula Vista man who distributed over 100 pounds of fentanyl and other drugs was sentenced on December 1 to nearly six years in prison.

Ernesto Renteria, 45, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of drugs for distribution earlier this year and received a 71-month sentence on Wednesday.

Under his plea agreement, Renteria kept the drugs at home and shipped them to distributors in the United States via UPS.

DEA agents seized 108.2 pounds of fentanyl from Renteria, as well as smaller amounts of fentanyl analogs, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to US Attorney’s Office.

“The number of DEA fentanyl agents seized from Ernesto Renteria is troubling,” Acting DEA Special Agent Shelley S. Howe said in a statement.

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The US Attorney’s Office called the arrest “another example of drug cartels pushing massive quantities of fentanyl into the San Diego community,” and cited the arrest last month of a trucker who allegedly tried to enter the United States through the port of entry at Otai Mesa with drugs. in his
trailer.

Federal authorities say they found and seized a “record” 17,584 pounds of methamphetamine and 388.93 pounds of fentanyl on November 19 in the man’s trailer.

DEA agents across the country have seized a record 12,000 pounds of fentanyl this year, according to US prosecutors.

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