Montebello man anticipated to plead responsible in fentanyl demise

LOS ANGELES — A Montebello man accused of providing a woman with a fatal dose of the synthetic opioid fentanyl is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to federal charges that could put him behind bars for decades.

Edwin Oliva, 30, agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts: distribution of fentanyl resulting in death and possession with intent to distribute heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Oliva told law enforcement officials that the unidentified victim was an acquaintance who arrived at his home shortly after midnight on Feb. 28, 2019, papers filed in Los Angeles federal court show.

Oliva gave the woman drugs, which resulted in a fatal overdose, and he admitted to law enforcement officials that fentanyl was the drug he gave her, court documents state.

A pathologist employed by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office concluded the victim died as a result of the effects of fentanyl and alcohol, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On the same day as the woman’s death, Oliva possessed more than 4 pounds of heroin, which he intended to distribute to another person, prosecutors allege.

If convicted of the charge of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, Oliva would face a mandatory minimum of 20 years in federal prison. The heroin offense carries a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence, prosecutors said.

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