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Suspected dealer inks plea deal with feds after agents confiscate fentanyl pills, scales from home

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man inked a plea deal with federal prosecutors on Monday, admitting that agents found a drug stash, including fentanyl pills and two scales, following a raid on his home in 2020.

Agents raided the home of Adilson Jose Montiero in November of 2020, finding weapons and a large stash of drugs inside of a locked safe.

Included in the stash were 445 grams of methamphetamine stuffed in a Crown Royal bag, a bag of eighteen M-30 oxycodone pills pressed with fentanyl, and bags of cocaine, heroin, and crack.

Fentanyl, a cheaper, synthetic opioid used in hospitals that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine, is often pressed or cut with other narcotics in an effort to stretch the product at the distributor level.

Because the drug is so potent, its use often results in accidental overdoses. Twenty such cases occurred in Sacramento County in 2018.

Also found in the home were four ghost guns, including two 9mm Glock handguns and a .22 LR mini revolver.

After raiding the safe and continuing to the living room, agents found a bar area next to a stripper pole with two digital scales on the counter. Later examination of residue found on the scales resulted in positive tests for methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, and THC residue.

Montiero faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years behind bars and a maximum penalty of life in prison. Further details included in a federal search warrant were ordered sealed by the court.

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