Man gets prison for selling fentanyl as heroin alternative
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Tennessee man has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for selling fentanyl to someone who asked for heroin.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Tuesday that 31-year-old Zacharia Mitchell sold an ounce (28 grams) of a white, powdery substance to a person in a supermarket parking lot in January 2018.
Prosecutors say undercover Memphis police officers saw the transaction. A laboratory test showed it was fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times stronger than heroin.
Authorities also found a gun in Mitchell’s vehicle. He was sentenced Monday for weapons violations and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl. Mitchell also has prior domestic violence convictions.