Man accused in international fentanyl ring pleads guilty

May 14, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — One of 32 people accused of dealing large amounts of fentanyl in the U.S and Canada has pleaded guilty in federal court.

Anthony Gomes, of Davie, Florida, is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death, and money laundering.

The investigation into the international drug trafficking ring began when 18-year-old Bailey Henke was found dead inside a Grand Forks apartment building in January 2015. Authorities say Henke overdosed on fentanyl supplied by Brandon Hubbard, a Portland, Oregon, man who told police he could be the largest fentanyl dealer in the country.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to North Dakota last month to announce 10 more indictments in the case tabbed Operation Denial. Five of the defendants are fugitive Chinese nationals.

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