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Convicted fentanyl dealer sentenced to prison for more than a decade

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-08 14:41:57-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A convicted fentanyl dealer was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, 56-year-old Nogales, Ariz. resident Sigfrido Adolfo Rivero was sentenced in federal court to 121 months in prison, then 120 months of supervised release.

Rivero was arrested at an immigration checkpoint near Amado, Ariz. in May 2021 with nearly 190,000 pills of fentanyl hidden in his vehicle.

He was previously sentenced to 10 years in state prison for trafficking meth and cocaine.

After serving most of that sentence, he was on parole when he was arrested with the fentanyl pills.

“The United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Arizona is committed to combatting the fentanyl epidemic plaguing this country and will advocate vigorously for appropriately strict punishment for those involved in the distribution of this dangerous drug,” said U.S. Attorney Gary Restaino, in a statement.

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