Life sen­tence in drug dis­tri­bu­tion case

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — El­lie Sil­ver­man

A Gaithersburg man was sen­tenced Thurs­day in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Green­belt to life in prison for dis­tribut­ing a drug more po­tent than heroin that led to the user’s death.

A fed­eral jury con­victed Justin Lar­son, 30, in Jan­uary af­ter a three-week trial showed that Lar­son dis­trib­uted acetyl fen­tanyl on May 9, 2014, to a user who later died, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of the U.S. at­tor­ney for Mary­land.

Acetyl fen­tanyl is sim­i­lar to the painkiller fen­tanyl but is up to five times more pow­er­ful than heroin, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion.

Lar­son also was con­victed of con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute nar­cotics and mul­ti­ple counts of pos­ses­sion or at­tempted pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and con­trolled sub­stance ana­logue with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, and one count of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and dis­tri­bu­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance.

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