The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a 57-month sentence for Robert Luke Simpson. Simpson was accused of purchasing 10,000 counterfeit pills pressed to look like oxycodone but made with fentanyl. At the time of Simpson’s arrest, he had already managed to sell enough fentanyl-laced pills to kill 400,000 people, reports the Justice Department.
In addition to his prison sentence, the DOJ reports that Simpson must forfeit any money, property and assets that resulted from the sale of the fake pills.
Homeland Security Investigation Baltimore, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Anne Arundel County Police Department conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren M. Elfner and Assistant U.S. Attorney Burden Walker prosecuted the case.