Man handed 15 years in prison for Fentanyl Trafficking

Man handed 15 years in prison for Fentanyl Trafficking

A suburban man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking Fentanyl. He played a role in transporting fentanyl and other drugs to the United States from China and selling it on the streets of Chicago. The convicted man is Nestor Burgos who is 32-years old belonging to River Grove.

He had pleaded guilty earlier this year to federal drug and firearm charges. He had admitted to dealing narcotics and also possessing two handguns and a silencer in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities. The sentencing was given by U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis on Monday in federal court in Chicago.

John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; James M. Gibbons, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago; and Craig Goldberg, Inspector-in-Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago announced the sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry M. Kinney argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum said, “Fentanyl is a powerfully lethal opioid which defendant brought to the streets of Chicago.” He added, “Words cannot begin to describe the horrific damage that fentanyl has unleashed upon American society.”

“Criminals like Burgos are profiting from deadly addictions, and the snares of these addictions entrap more people every day,” said HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Gibbons.  “Let this sentence serve as a reminder that HSI will work tirelessly with its law enforcement and judicial partners to bring to justice those who supply our streets with fentanyl and other deadly synthetic opioids.”

Senior writer at the Chicago Morning Star

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