Couple featured in HBO show plead guilty to supplying fentanyl in fatal overdose

Couple featured in HBO show plead guilty to supplying fentanyl in fatal overdose
Cole Salazar and Valerie Addison’s arrests featured on the documentary Crime of the Century

A couple who appeared in the HBO ドキュメンタリー Crime of the Century about the opioid epidemic have pleaded guilty to their role in the fentanyl-overdose of a 24-year-old サンディエゴ 女性.

Cole Thomas Salazar, 32, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and 40-year-old Valerie Lynn Addison pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute, によると statement from the US Attorney’s Office.

Salazar offered the drugs for sale through an online classified ads website, and sold fentanyl to the victim, 名前が付けられていない人, 十一月に 2020. She died after ingesting the drug, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Salazar was arrested in January 2021, and law enforcement found heroin, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia such as scales, baggies, and pay and owe sheets in his hotel room and on his person.

The investigation and arrest of Salazar and Addison was featured on the two-part HBO documentary The Crime of the Century, in which director Alex Gibney investigated how Purdue Pharma worked with the Food and Drug Administration to approve OxyContin for widespread use across the United States.

“We speak often about how counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl endanger our community members,” said US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement.

<p>A scene from the two-part HBO documentary Crime of the Century about the opioid epidemic. </p>

A scene from the two-part HBO documentary Crime of the Century about the opioid epidemic.

“We can’t lose sight of the fact that powdered fentanyl – which caused the death in this caseis extremely dangerous.”

Salazar and Addison face a maximum prison term of 20 年, and are due to be sentenced on 16 9月.

より多い 100,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in the 12 months to April 2021, による figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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