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California man faces 4 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl through Hancock County

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GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — A California drug trafficker was sentenced to almost four years in prison for trafficking 8.5 kilos of fentanyl through Hancock County.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release issued Tuesday that an Indiana State Police trooper was performing a traffic stop Sept. 13, 2021, on a vehicle being driven by Felix Becerra-Aguilera, 40, of Stockton, California, in Hancock County. Police searched the vehicle and found multiple wrapped packages containing oxycodone hydrochloride pills in the hollowed-out seat cushions.

Officers say they also found fentanyl pills and 2 kilogram bricks of fentanyl in the seatbacks of the front seats.

A total of 8½ kilograms of fentanyl were removed from the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Prosecutors say Becerra-Aguilera admitted to police that he was being paid to drive narcotics to Philadelphia.

Officers say they also found $2,000 in cash inside Becerra-Aguilera’s bag inside the vehicle.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal depending on the person’s body size, usage, and tolerance. They also say 1 kilogram has the potential to kill 500,000 people.