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Lorain man sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of animal tranquilizer carfentanil

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A Lorain man was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for having 9 grams of carfentanil.

Manuel Latorre, 27, of Lorain, previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

“This defendant had a weapon of mass destruction, just in a different form,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This amount of carfentanil could have killed thousands of people. Federal law enforcement will continue to work with our partners in Lorain County to bring justice to the people profiting from this drug epidemic.”

Latorre possessed more than 9.3 grams of carfentanil between August and October 2017, according to court documents. He also had approximately 50 prior arrests and 17 convictions as an adult, according to statements made in court.

The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in federal court following an investigation by the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force, the FBI and the Lorain Police Department.


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