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Caught in an Undercover Bust, Fresno Fentanyl Dealer Gets 10 Years in Prison
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 2 weeks ago on
May 13, 2024

Alden Nunez-Rosales, 27, received a 121-month sentence for fentanyl trafficking on Monday, May 13, 2024, in Fresno federal court. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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Alden Nunez-Rosales of Fresno will have 10 years in federal prison to contemplate his career as a drug dealer.

Nunez-Rosales, 27, received a 121-month sentence on Monday in Fresno federal court, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release.

In February, he pleaded guilty to having more than 400 grams of fentanyl in his possession with the intent to distribute the illegal drugs.

How He Got Caught

A classic undercover string led to Nunez-Rosales’ arrest. According to court documents, on April 26, 2023, Nunez-Rosales delivered 5,000 fentanyl pills to a person who he believed was a customer but was a government informant.

Law enforcement officers followed Nunez-Rosales back to his residence, where Nunez-Rosales obtained 45,000 more fentanyl pills that he intended to distribute. Minutes later, he sped off away from officers, eventually crashing his car into a tree and fleeing.

Officers apprehended him and searched his residence under a warrant, prosecutors said. Officers seized more than 12 kilograms of fentanyl pills, a firearm, ammunition, a scale, and about $3,500 in cash.

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Fresno Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio was the prosecutor.

 

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Bill McEwen,
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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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