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Feds: Honduran national caught with 2 pounds of fentanyl at Roseville hotel following informant tip-off

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — An undocumented Honduran man, living in San Francisco, was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl following a surveillance operation by law enforcement in Placer County.

According to court documents, Jarin Cruz-Rosales was arrested on June 20th, 2022, after showing up to the Springhill Suites Hotel with fentanyl in his car – just like a drug dealer turned informant told them he would.

Investigators wrote in an affidavit filed in court that the informant told Placer County authorities that Cruz-Rosales would be making a delivery of fentanyl to him in the hotel’s parking lot.

The informant, not identified in court papers, is currently facing one charge of possessing fentanyl for sale. The dealer has begun cooperating with law enforcement in an effort to mitigate his charges and any possible sentence.

At around 3:00 PM that day, a white sedan pulled into the lot and parked as police were surveilling the area. The informant, who was with officers, identified the driver as his supplier. Authorities stopped the car, detained its driver, and searched it.

Prosecutors say the driver was identified as Cruz-Rosales, and officers found a gray plastic bag in the center console, filled with a “blue and white substance” formed into blocks. Also inside the bag was a smaller bag containing 25 blue pills marked “M30,” a branding mark for oxycodone that fentanyl is frequently disguised as.

In the glovebox, the cops found more fentanyl formed into colorful blocks, bringing the total amount of drugs found in the car to 2.95 pounds.

A TruNarc laser test on the substances came back positive for fentanyl, and officers confiscated two cell phones found on his person and in his car. They attempted to interview him under a Miranda warning, but quickly terminated the interview due to an apparent language barrier.

According to prosecutors, Cruz-Rosales was arrested and convicted out of San Francisco in 2004 for possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell. In February of 2013, he was arrested in Utah for the same offense.

Also in Utah, he pled guilty to one count of reentry of a deported alien. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison for that offense and was subsequently deported.

Cruz-Rosales faces 10-to-life in federal prison if convicted, and is almost certain to face deportation proceedings again after authorities learned he had an active warrant for his arrest from ICE.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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