CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A California man is now facing federal charges after receiving a shipment of fentanyl at a home on Cleveland’s West side.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Alan Gabriel Barba-Sanchez has been charged with attempted possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
A deputy from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office recovered the shipment containing one kilogram of the potentially lethal drug at a UPS facility in Middleburg Heights on Jan. 11.
An undercover agent delivered the package later that day to the home in the 5400 block of Tillman Ave. in Cleveland.
Barba-Sanchez was later seen picking up the package from the front porch and carrying it inside.
Investigators arrested Barba-Sanchez after he left the residence.
“When you look at the streets and neighborhoods of this district, fentanyl has had the same effect as a weapon of mass destruction,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This seizure has already saved lives in Northeast Ohio, and law enforcement will continue prosecuting those who traffic in deadly narcotics while working with other partners to make help available for people who want it.”
The Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Administration helped the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation.