At just 19 years old, Fabian Garcia-Palacio of Fresno is headed to federal lockup for three years.
He received the sentence Friday at the federal courthouse in downtown Fresno, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said in a news release.
According to court documents, in March 2020, Garcia-Palacio distributed counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl to a juvenile student at Bullard High School.
After ingesting a single pill, the student overdosed but survived after receiving life-saving medical treatment.
Fentanyl Pills Found at Residence
Investigators later searched Garcia-Palacio’s residence and found more fentanyl pills.
He was charged with distributing fentanyl to a person under 21 years old. Garcia-Palacio pleaded guilty on May 14, 2021.
The Fentanyl Overdose Resolution Team, which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Fresno Police Department, investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio prosecuted the case.