Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl, which often results in overdose deaths.

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A Harleton, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston according to a press release from the Justice Department.

31-year-old Kerri Marie Thorn pleaded guilty on May 10, 2022.

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According to information presented in court, Thorn was arrested in August 2021 following a report that she was in possession of more than 2.5 kilograms of stolen fentanyl that she had hidden near a residence in Harleton.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marshall Police Department, and Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Machicek.

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Law enforcement officers recovered what was analyzed as 2,607.6 grams of fentanyl and interviewed Thorn, who admitted that she and her co-defendant intended to transport the fentanyl out of the state for sale, at which time they would split the profits.

Thorn was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 17, 2022.

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Thorn pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison.

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