AUSTIN — Last week, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sentenced Eri Gutberto Parra-Lopez, 25, of Phoenix, AZ, to 72 months in prison for distributing fentanyl.
According to court documents, between May 2021 and July 2021, Parra, a then-active-duty Army sergeant stationed at Fort Hood, sold approximately 3,150 fentanyl tablets, weighing approximately 3,349 kg, to undercover agents. in and around the Austin area.
On April 20, 2022, Parra pleaded guilty to one count of distributing fentanyl.
“Fentanyl is flooding the United States at an alarming rate, and our communities in central Texas are not immune to its devastation,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “This case underscores our determination to fight the dangerous fentanyl trade with all available resources. We will continue to prioritize and prosecute crimes involving this deadly poison and are grateful for the exceptional work of our local, state and federal partners.
“This case shows how far Mexican cartels are willing to go to infiltrate our communities with deadly fentanyl for their own selfish gains,” said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux of Houston Division. “We remain committed to our collaborative efforts with our local partners to reverse the epidemic of overdoses and poisonings and bring those who fuel it to justice.”
“This conviction is the result of the excellent teamwork we have with our local, federal and state law enforcement partners,” said Special Agent in Charge Maria Thomas of the Department of Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID). “Army CID and our partner agencies take the threat of fentanyl to the public and the military very seriously. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to prohibit the distribution of fentanyl wherever it occurs. .
The DEA, Pflugerville and Austin Police Departments and Army CID investigated the case with assistance from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information on the dangers of fentanyl and the DEA’s One Pill Can Kill campaign, please visit https://www.dea.gov/onepill.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark H. Marshall prosecuted the case.