A Minnesota man was sentenced to life in jail Monday after he was convicted of promoting deadly doses of fentanyl to 11 folks, federal authorities mentioned.
A U.S. district decide in Minnesota imposed the sentence after telling Aaron Broussard, 31, that his “disregard for human life is terrifying,” the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned in a information launch.
A jury convicted Broussard, who lived in suburban Minneapolis, on March 31 of 17 counts, together with distribution of fentanyl leading to dying, distribution of fentanyl leading to critical bodily harm, importation of fentanyl and different crimes, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
Broussard offered the fentanyl to greater than a dozen folks in 2016 by way of a plant meals web site, in response to the discharge.
The overdose victims believed they had been ordering a drug much like Adderall, however Broussard despatched them 99% pure fentanyl as an alternative — the product of a mix-up together with his provider in China, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
After Broussard realized that a number of prospects had been hospitalized and almost died, he didn’t warn others whom he’d offered the drug to, the prosecutor’s workplace. He additionally reached out to his provider and requested for a reduction on the following supply.
Eleven folks died and 4 suffered critical accidents.
At trial, Broussard’s lawyer questioned medical proof introduced by prosecutors and mentioned the post-mortem reviews by no means talked about fentanyl, Minnesota Public Radio reported. He additionally questioned whether or not it was Broussard’s fentanyl that brought about the deaths, in response to the station.
The lawyer, Aaron Morrison, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.