BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 39-year-old Clinton, Maryland, man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in federal prison on a number of fentanyl-related drug charges.
Gari Terrell Miller was arrested in April 2018 after a traffic stop in which a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer reportedly found 49 grams of fentanyl — enough to kill 24,500 people, the justice department said.
In addition to the fentanyl, police also found more than $4,000 in cash and a drug ledger, which showed Miller sold 832 grams of heroin, according to his plea agreement.
“As little as two milligrams can be a lethal dose for a human being when,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Hur. “When you do the math, that translates out to enough fentanyl to kill almost 25,000 people.”
Miller also reportedly admitted to conspiring to distribute fentanyl and heroin with others in Maryland.
He was one of the first indictments announced as part of a federal-state “synthetic opioid surge” initiative in December.
“We are all jointly reviewing every single fentanyl distribution case arrest in Baltimore City and we’re reviewing them to see which of these cases are worthy of federal prosecutions,” Hur said.
Officials are hoping that the program discourages dealers from selling fentanyl.
“My hope is that people will learn about these types of sentences in cases like the one that was sentenced today and be dissuaded from disturbing this deadly poison that is killing too many people in our state and city,” Hur said.
In addition to the prison time, Miller was also sentenced to four years of supervised release.