A Yakima man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for selling fentanyl-laced pills.
Francisco Salazar Jr. previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in February to charges of possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Bastian also sentenced Salazar to three years of probation following his jail sentence during a hearing Wednesday.
Salazar, 30 was arrested in October 2018 after Yakima police purchased fentanyl-laced oxycodone pills from him in an undercover operation, according to court documents. He was charged in Yakima County Superior Court with possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver, unlawful firearms possession, possession of a stolen firearm and selling oxycodone.
While he was on pretrial release for that charge, YPD and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Salazar in October on charges of selling fentanyl and unlawful firearms possession.
Yakima County prosecutors dismissed state charges without prejudice, which leaves open the option to file the charges again, after federal prosecutors indicted Salazar.