A Fontana woman who was part of a drug-trafficking organization that distributed carfentanil, a powerful fentanyl analogue that is sometimes used to sedate elephants and other large animals, was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to three years in federal prison.
Alejandra Romero-Agredano, 50, pleaded guilty in January to one count of distribution of more than 100 grams of carfentanil.
“I never wanted to harm anyone,” the defendant told U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez through a translator. “I beg the pardon of all the folks I’ve hurt.”
Romero-Agredano — along with co-defendants Jorge Martin, 28, also of Fontana, and Jose Jesus Camacho-Martinez, 33, of Downey — participated in a drug ring that distributed nearly 26,000 carfentanil pills to undercover agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration agents over a four-month period, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Romero-Agredano coordinated the distribution of the carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, prosecutors said.
Last year, undercover agents negotiated delivery of the pills with a Mexican-based co-conspirator. Romero-Agredano, working with Camacho-Martinez and Martin, then delivered three separate shipments each containing thousands of carfentanil pills to undercover DEA agents in the Inland Empire, federal prosecutors said.
The three defendants were arrested by the DEA in September 2018 in connection with the first federal carfentanil distribution case charged in the Central District of California.
Camacho-Martinez and Martin each pleaded guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced to nearly six years and four years in federal prison, respectively, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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