Federal Judge Rejects No Prison Sentence for Fentanyl Street Dealers

A federal judge Wednesday rejected the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California’s recommendations of no prison time for two street-level fentanyl dealer cases as part of a new initiative aimed at reducing the fentanyl crisis in in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, calling it too lenient to tackle ”Public Enemy Number One.”

U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey’s office jointly recommended credit for time served, with an order to stay away from the Tenderloin district as part of three-year term of supervised release for two defendants, Jose Alfredo Lainez Banegas and Marlon Gustavo Valle-Acosta. Both could have faced up to 20 years in prison for allegedly selling fentanyl.

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