El Paso Resident Gets 10 Years in Prison For Distribution of Fake Fentanyl Pills

A man from Texas has been given a prison sentence of 130 months by a federal court for his involvement in the distribution of fentanyl.

Court documents reveal that Gary Everett Rinker, aged 56 and residing in El Paso, was involved in the sale of around 200 pills containing 19.8 grams of fentanyl. The transaction took place at a hotel in El Paso.

In a criminal complaint filed on July 12, 2023, it was alleged that Rinker engaged in the sale of counterfeit Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg tablets over a three-day period. The total amount of fentanyl sold to the buyer was approximately 55 grams.

Rinker was taken into custody in July 2023 and admitted guilt on November 1, 2023.

“The defendant, a well-known fentanyl dealer in the El Paso community, has been successfully removed from our streets for the next ten years. This outcome is primarily attributed to his long-standing involvement in drug-related crimes since 2007,” stated U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas.

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