Life sentence in drug distribution case
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.