BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Three Butte County residents were indicted on Thursday for trafficking of fentanyl-laced pills.
The announcement was made Thursday by U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott and Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.
Guillermo Jose Leon Ramirez, 41, of Oroville, Justin James Garcia, 44, of Oroville, and William Lee Vollendroff, 43, of Palermo were charged in connection to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and two counts of distribution of fentanyl.
According to court documents, the defendants sold more than 1,000 fentanyl-laced pills that were made to look like oxycodone pills.
Fentanyl is a very potent synthetic opiate that is 100 times more potent than morphine and can be extremely dangerous due to the small amount of the substance needed for the user to overdose.
The three were arrested following an investigation by the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If convicted, the defendants could face up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million.