Man sentenced for fentanyl trafficking death in Texas


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Tucker Roe, a 19-year-old from Austin, Texas, tragically passed away in September 2021 due to a fentanyl overdose. In February 2024, Juan Ignacio Soria Gámez was sentenced to 13 years in prison for trafficking this deadly substance. Gámez pleaded guilty in a federal court for distributing a controlled substance that led to Tucker’s death. The victim had purchased a pill from the dealer, believing it to be Xanax.

The sentence Gámez faced included 13 years in prison, three years of probation, and a restitution payment of approximately $4,000. During the hearing, Tucker’s family, along with other families who claimed their children were also victims of the same drug trafficker, were present. However, there was insufficient evidence to charge him in these other cases.

Stephanie Turner, Tucker’s mother, expressed her satisfaction with the sentence, stating that it sends a message to others about the consequences of distributing fentanyl. In response to Tucker’s tragic death, Turner established an organization called Texas Against Fentanyl to raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl. She and other mothers have advocated for the passing of “Tucker’s Law” at the Texas Capitol, which aims to introduce fentanyl education in schools.

In a separate incident, Juan José Cárdenas-Flores was targeted by authorities following information about a potential violent robbery and drug trafficking activities. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants and seized 15.5 kilos of methamphetamine and firearms. This seizure marked the largest methamphetamine confiscation in Travis County in over 20 years. Cárdenas-Flores was indicted by a grand jury for possession with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance.

Tests conducted by the county sheriff’s office revealed the presence of fentanyl in the controlled substance, with the methamphetamine being 87% pure. This incident of fentanyl poisoning is part of a series of cases in central Texas, including among students in the same school district.

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