A Georgia man has been sentenced to a federal prison for selling counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, police say.
Hubert Nathans, 33, sold counterfeit Roxicodon pills containing fentanyl to multiple people in Roswell, Georgia in 2017 and 2018, resulting in the death of one person and serious injury to another, according to a press release.
Nathans drug supplier Edward Culton was sentenced to federal prison earlier this year.
“Nathans and Culton were relentless in trying to cash in on drug addiction at any cost,” said US Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “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 dealers are held accountable for the havoc they are wreaking on our communities.”
In the fall of 2017, the Roswell Police Department launched an investigation after reports that Nathans was distributing opioids that led to overdoses. Law enforcement eventually confirmed that Nathans was distributing fake Roxicodon pills containing fentanyl and that Culton, who lived in a high-rise building in the Buckhead area, was his supplier.
On February 15, 2018, agents arrested Culton and Nathans. During a search of Culton’s home, they seized nearly 1,000 pills containing fentanyl. The investigation further revealed that on October 2, 2017, Nathans sold fentanyl pills supplied by Culton to 24-year-old TC and that those pills caused him to overdose and die.
After learning of the 24-year-old’s death, Nathans egregiously returned to dealing fentanyl, and three months later he was selling pills to 30-year-old EM, who would also have died had she not received emergency treatment at a hospital.
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Nathans was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release. He was convicted of these charges on August 13, 2018 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess fentanyl with intent to distribute fentanyl, which resulted in overdoses resulting in death and serious bodily harm.
Culton, 29, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 18 years and three months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. He was convicted of these charges on September 8, 2022 after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute fentanyl with intent and aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl.
For more information, please contact the US Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at [email protected] or (404) 581-6016. The website of the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.
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