San Diego (CNS) – A San Diego man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Monday for distributing fentanyl. Some of them caused a fatal overdose of former San Diego Old Aztec rugby football club players.
Jeffrey Alden Blair, 34, said that prosecutors had killed 45-year-old Derrick Stapler at his home in San Diego on April 11, 2019. I pleaded guilty to the matter.
Blair told investigators that agents were arrested in a storage unit that found more than 500 grams of fentanyl and were aware that fentanyl was potentially deadly, according to the U.S. Federal Prosecutor’s Office.
“This defendant dealt with more than just drugs. He died,” said John W. Calery, a special agent in charge of the San Diego division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Co-defendants Christopher Glen Emison, 33, of El Cahon and Andrew Gossai, 33, of San Diego, also pleaded guilty to their role in supplying fentanyl to staplers. Emison was sentenced to 14 years in prison last year, but Gossai is awaiting a sentence later this month.
Prosecutors say Hotchkiss had a text message on his phone stating that Emison had sold fentanyl the night before his death.
Shortly after the stapler’s death, investigators searched Emison’s house and car and seized fentanyl, heroin residues, firearms, ammunition, and other items indicating drug sales.
According to prosecutors, Emison admitted that he knew that fentanyl was dangerous and sent a text message to the stapler to warn him of the strength of the drug, but he did not respond.
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