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Andrew Durdy, 27, of Greeley, Colorado was sentenced to a forty-year prison term according to the Weld County District Attorney Friday after he was arrested in possession of approximately 5,800 pills of deadly fentanyl.

A press release from the DA cited by Newsmax confirms that Durdy, “pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Fentanyl (DF1), and one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Fentanyl (DF2).”

Durdy was under investigation by the Weld County Drug Task Force in 2021 and allegedly sold fentanyl to undercover police officers according to the DA’s release.

It was during this investigation that law enforcement authorities intercepted three packages via the US Postal Service from California containing approximately 5,800 fentanyl pills.

“This was a conservative count,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Pirraglia told Weld County District Court Judge Timothy Kerns prior to sentencing.

“Any one of those pills could have killed someone. Bottom line, he made a profit off destroying other people’s lives, and we won’t tolerate this type of behavior in our community,” he added.

The criminal history of the drug dealer is extensive according to CBS News. In late September his home was served with a search warrant and the Weld County Drug Task Force seized, “14 grams of suspected heroin, about 120 fake M-30 pills containing fentanyl, 1.5 lbs of suspected marijuana, 1.3 grams of suspected fentanyl powder, Suspected LSD and MDMA, Five firearms,” and “Ammunition.” He was arrested booked and released after posting bond on Dec. 9.

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Police arrested him again in March “for six outstanding felony warrants related to the previous drug distribution charges.”

Durdy’s sentence was handed down on December 21 according to the DA’s office about two months after he pled guilty.  CBS Colorado reported that officials discovered over 65,000 counterfeit M-30 pills that contained fentanyl in addition to over 34 pounds of meth under the aegis of the investigation.

“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Anne Milgram said according to  “Fentanyl is everywhere.  From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison.  We must take every opportunity to spread the word to prevent fentanyl-related overdose death and poisonings from claiming scores of American lives every day.”