Federal courthouse
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

A Riverside man pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Thursday to distributing thousands of fentanyl pills throughout Southern California.

Marcell Travon Robinson III, 31, faces a 10-year minimum mandatory sentence for providing the pills to multiple area drug dealers over a three-year period, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Naval Criminal Investigate Services, or NCIS, arrested Robinson last October following an investigation into fentanyl distributors.

Robinson’s guilty plea comes with an agreement to forfeit $148,334 in cash and firearms seized by investigators. A judge will sentence him Aug. 23.

“This is a very serious warning to dealers and users: You are gambling with your lives,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said. “To dealers, my office is very aggressively pursuing fentanyl distributors. To users, the drugs you are taking probably are not what you think.

They are likely to be laced with deadly fentanyl, and may be the last thing you ever do. Don’t make this costly mistake.”

– City News Service