Dallas man convicted of distributing counterfeit pharmaceuticals – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A Dallas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking offenses in the Eastern District of Texas, Acting US Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei said on Friday.
Officials said Gary Collin Bussell, 52, pleaded guilty on January 26, 2021 to possession with intent to distribute and distributing controlled substances and was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.
“The Eastern District of Texas remains committed to continuing the fight against illegal narcotics on all fronts,” Acting US Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei said. “This case is a sad reminder that the recreational use of prescription drugs – counterfeit or not – can pose enormous risks to the user, including overdose and death. EDTX continues to partner with the DEA in the fight against counterfeit and illegally obtained trafficking. drugs. “
According to information presented to the court, on December 28, 2018, a 29-year-old Fairview resident died of an overdose of fentanyl and alprazolam.
During the investigation into the death, federal drug enforcement officials said they learned that Bussell was involved in the large-scale purchase and distribution of various pharmaceutical drugs.
Bussell personally dispensed medication and asked others to dispense medication on his behalf, officials said. Among his deals, Bussell distributed fentanyl and alprazolam which caused the victim’s overdose death.
Officials said another accused, William Grant Allbrook, 34, of The Colony, was a distributor of counterfeit drugs in the Dallas area.
Officials said Allbrook acquired counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs from another accused, Peter Yin, 38, of Garland, and distributed those drugs to Bussell and others on behalf of Bussell’s organization.
Earlier this week, Allbrook and Yin were each sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for their role in the drug trafficking plot, officials said.
Officials say the pursuit is part of a drug-fighting organized crime strike force initiative, which includes the creation of permanent multi-agency task forces that work side-by-side in one location.