Three men sentenced to decades in prison for distributing fentanyl across U.S.

Washington Man Arraigned In Crash That Killed 3 Teens
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SPOKANE, Wash. — A U.S. District Judge sentenced three young men to more than a decade in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Washington and several other states.

Hunter Bow O’Mealy, 19, and Caleb Ryan Carr, 23, will each spend 20 years in prison. Matthew Gudino-Pena, 21, was sentenced to 16 years and 4 months. All three will serve an additional 10 years on federal supervision once they are released.

According to court documents, the three men used Snapchat and other social media to locate a source of supply in Mexico. They drove to Arizona and beyond to acquire fentanyl in packs of 10,000.

The three distributed fentanyl to the Spokane area, along with other parts of Washington, Arizona, Alaska, Idaho, and Florida.

The investigation began in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho after a 15-year-old high school student overdosed on fentanyl. Another person was also killed during a failed fentanyl transaction.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department and DEA Task Force identified the three men as the likely source of supply, also known as the “Fetty Bros.”

O’Mealy, Carr, and Gudino-Pena were all arrested in Tucson, Arizona in October 2021. An investigation team recovered narcotics, numerous firearms, Glock switches, and a number of “ghost guns” from the apartment the men were in.

“Although the consequences of large-scale drug distribution are apparent in many cases, this case in particular presents egregious violence, use of the mail to distribute tens of thousands of fentanyl-laced pills, firearms trafficking, threats, use of social media to advertise illegal narcotics, and obstruction of justice,” stated U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref. “As part of their conspiracy, these Defendants even attempted to kill someone they falsely believed was cooperating against them. Our community is safer and stronger as a result of the incredible work of the numerous law enforcement agencies across the Western United States, who came together to investigate and prosecute this case.”

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