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California man pleads guilty for moving 65K fentanyl pills to Syracuse

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The Syracuse Police Department downtown.

A California man pleaded guilty to possessing over 65,000 fentanyl pills with the intent to distribute them.

The man, 22-year-old Jose Orozco Acosta traveled from his home in Bakersfield to a storage unit in Syracuse, where he transferred the pills, according to a press release.

The investigation by New York State Police, in conjunction with special agents in Bakersfield, showed that Acosta was transporting fentanyl and other narcotics from his home to drug dealers in the Central New York region for further distribution.

The press release said that as part of this investigation, many of the local dealers that Acosta was supplying to were arrested in August of 2022.

Acosta faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, along with a fine of up to $10 million and a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 22.