El Cajon residents sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling counterfeit pills containing fentanyl that caused 19-year-old death | USAO-SDCA

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U.S. Assistant Attorneys Michael A. Deshong and Adam Gordon (619) 546-9290

SUMMARY OF THE UPDATE-24. November 2021

SAN DIEGO – El Cajon-resident Olatunde James Temitope Akintonde was sentenced to 15 years in prison in federal court today for selling fentanyl pills in March that caused the death of a 19-year-old Santee man named SJG on court records was identified from 2019.

Akintonde previously admitted that he sent messages to SJG via social media on February 28, 2019 to coordinate a sale of oxycodone pills the victim believed. Later that evening, Akintonde shipped two counterfeit oxycodone pills with fentanyl to SJG. Akintonde went on to admit that the pills he gave SJG caused his death. According to other files in the case, SJG died at his home sometime on the evening of February 28, 2019 or in the early morning hours of March 1, 2019.

Special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and a task force officer from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department led the investigation into SJG’s death and quickly identified actinonde as the source of the deadly pills. According to the judgment memorandum, Akintonde had various prescription pills available for sale through various social media platforms. Akintonde also posted photos of himself wielding firearms and posted songs promoting the use and distribution of pharmaceutical pills.

“There is an epidemic of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in our community,” said acting US attorney Randy Grossman. “To be clear, if you are a drug dealer selling pills and those pills kill you, you will be held responsible for that death. It’s not a defense to say you didn’t know the pills contained fentanyl. ”Grossman commended the prosecution, Narcotics Task Force Team 10 of the Drug Enforcement Administration and officials from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego County Attorney’s Office for theirs excellent job on this one.

“As drug overdose deaths continue to rise in San Diego County, the DEA San Diego Field Division has made investigating overdose deaths a priority,” said Shelly S. Howe, acting special envoy for the DEA. “We are committed to bringing drug dealers like Olatunde James Temitope Akintonde to justice who are poisoning our communities.”

This case is the result of continued efforts by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate and prosecute the proliferation of dangerous illicit drugs – particularly fentanyl – that lead to overdose deaths. The Drug Enforcement Administration formed Narcotics Task Force Team 10 in response to the surge in overdose deaths in San Diego County. Team 10 agents helped investigate SJG’s death.

ACCUSED Case number 21cr1178-JLS

Olatunde James Temitope Akintonde Age: 23 El Cajon, CA

SUMMARY OF CHARGES

Distribution of Fentanyl – Title 18, United States Code, Section 841 (a) (1)

Maximum sentence: 20 years in prison

AGENCY

Drug Enforcement Administration

San Diego Sheriffs Department

San Diego District Attorney

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