A Georgia man convicted of selling counterfeit pills containing fentanyl will serve more than a decade in prison, federal prosecutors said.
Hubert Nathans, 33, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release on Tuesday, November 22, after prosecutors said he distributed counterfeit Roxicodon pills to several people in Roswell, a town about 20 miles north of as of 2017 Atlanta, sold -18.
One person died and a second suffered a near-fatal overdose, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Nathans’ supplier, Edward Culton, was sentenced to prison earlier this year, prosecutors said.
The ruling comes more than four years after Nathans was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possess fentanyl, which caused at least two overdoses, federal officials said. Roswell Police launched an investigation in 2017 after reports that he was selling the synthetic opioid.
Both Nathans and Culton were arrested on Feb. 15, 2018, and nearly 1,000 fentanyl-laced pills were found in a raid on Culton’s high-rise apartment, prosecutors said. During their investigation, authorities learned that Nathans had sold the pills supplied by Culton to a 24-year-old buyer who overdosed and died in October 2017.
Even after the fatal overdose, he continued to deal in the drugs. Three months later, prosecutors said he sold to a 30-year-old buyer “who would also have died had she not received emergency treatment.”
“Nathans and Culton have been relentless in trying to profit from drug addiction at any cost,” U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said in a statement. “Their greed resulted in the tragic death of one person and the near death of another.”
“As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, these significant rulings should make it clear that opioid suppliers and traffickers are being held accountable for the havoc they are wreaking on our communities,” Buchanan said.
A judge sentenced Culton, 29, to 18 years and three months in prison, followed by five years of supervised imprisonment.