Dallas Man Convicted of Counterfeit Medicines Distribution Resulting in Overdose Death | USAO-EDTX

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PLANO, Texas – A Dallas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the eastern borough of Texas, US Attorney General Nicholas J. Ganjei said today.

Gary Collin Bussell, 52, pleaded guilty on January 26, 2021, with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances, and was sentenced today to 360 months federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.

“The Eastern District of Texas remains determined to continue the fight against illicit narcotics on all fronts,” said Acting US Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “This case is a sad reminder that recreational use of prescription drugs – counterfeit or not – can pose enormous risks to the user, including overdose and death. EDTX continues to work with the DEA in the fight against the trade in counterfeit and illegally procured drugs. “

According to the information presented in court, a 29-year-old Fairview resident died on December 28, 2018 as a result of an overdose of the drug fentanyl and alprazolam. During the investigation into the fatality, federal drug control officials learned that Bussell was involved in the large-scale purchase and distribution of various pharmaceutical drugs. Bussell personally distributed drugs and had other drugs distributed on his behalf. Among his transactions, Bussell distributed the fentanyl and alprazolam that caused the victim’s death from an overdose.

Another defendant, William Grant Allbrook, 34, of the colony, was a counterfeit drug dealer in the Dallas area. Allbrook acquired counterfeit medicines from another defendant, Peter Yin, 38, of Garland, and distributed those medicines to Bussell and others on behalf of Bussell’s organization.

Earlier this week, Allbrook and Yin were both sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for their roles in the drug trafficking conspiracy.

This prosecutor’s office is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) strike force initiative to set up permanent, cross-agency task force teams that work side by side in the same location. This common model enables agents from different agencies to work together on multi-jurisdictional intelligence operations to disrupt and dismantle major drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations.

This case has been investigated by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Dallas Police Department, the Fairview Police Department, and the Internal Revenue Service-CI. This case was being prosecuted by US Assistant Attorney Jay Combs.

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