Downey Man Who Sold Fatal Fentanyl Dose Sentenced to Federal Prison

Downey Man Who Sold Fatal Fentanyl Dose Sentenced to Federal Prison

A drug user displays fentanyl in San Francisco, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2023. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

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Updated: 2/11/2024

LOS ANGELES—A Downey man was sentenced Feb. 11 to nearly 16 years behind bars and ordered to pay the funeral costs of a 17-year-old girl who died after ingesting fentanyl-laced prescription pills he sold to her.
Jonathan Limas-Reyes was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha to serve 188 months in federal prison and ordered to pay funeral costs of $6,934, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Limas-Reyes, 27, pleaded guilty in August to a felony charge of distribution of fentanyl.
On Oct. 29, 2021, Mr. Limas-Reyes sold the pills to the Downey teen, according to papers filed in Los Angeles federal court.
Use of the pills “resulted in the death and serious bodily injury of victim A.K.,” prosecutors wrote.
“If not for the fentanyl that A.K. received ... A.K. would have lived,” court papers state.
Mr. Limas-Reyes “knew it was illegal for him to sell the pills to A.K., and knew that they contained fentanyl or some other federally controlled substance,” according to federal prosecutors.
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