Man who had fentanyl pills made to look like Oxycodone sentenced

CLEVELAND, OH (AP) – A northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after authorities searching his car and apartment seized more than 900 fentanyl pills made to look like tablets of a less-potent opiate. reports 30-year-old Ryan Gaston of Euclid apologized in federal court on Monday. He says he made a mistake and that he believes the sentence was too harsh.

Gaston earlier pleaded guilty, in a deal with prosecutors, to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. Both sides agreed to the sentence.

Court documents say the pills initially believed to be Oxycodone were actually the far more powerful and deadlier fentanyl.

The documents describe fentanyl as 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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