Fentanyl dealer sentenced to 20 years in prison for an overdose death in Florida

MIAMI — A fentanyl dealer has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after his product led to the death of a man in Florida last year.

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According to the Miami Herald, Peterson Nozinord, 21, was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years in prison and three years of supervised release after his fentanyl product killed a man last year on May 19, 2021. Nozinord pled guilty in April to one count of distributing fentanyl and cocaine that resulted in a death.

Last year, Nozinord drove a man to a motel, checked into a room, and gave him four capsules of fentanyl before leaving him, according to the Miami Herald.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida in a news release, around 7:30 a.m. the following day, the Lantana police were called out to the motel for a wellness check on the man. When they got in the room, officers found his body slumped over with a needle in his hand. Officers found seven pills, four drug capsules and a small white baggie.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Southern Florida said the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and DEA Forensic Sciences Labs found fentanyl, tramadol, xylazine and cocaine in the mixture.

Investigators reviewed the security footage of the man getting dropped off by someone in a black Honda, according to the Miami Herald. When leaving the motel one of the investigators saw the same car going through a stop sign and almost causing a crash. The Honda was stopped and had two people inside the car - Nozinord was the passenger.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Southern Florida said the sergeant got permission from the driver to search the car where they located a backpack with a variety of drugs inside, Nozinord’s ID card and cash.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Southern Florida, the backpack of drugs found in the car matched the drugs found inside the motel room and Nozinord’s DNA was found on one of the bags inside the backpack.