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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
W. Anders Folk
, United States Attorney

Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty to Possession, Distribution of Fentanyl Pills

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty today to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, announced Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.

According to court documents, on June 1, 2019, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department seized 351 counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl from Fowzi Abdinasir Elmi, 19. On January 21, 2020, Elmi and two other individuals drove to Arizona with the intent of buying fentanyl pills and then returning to Minnesota to distribute them. Elmi successfully purchased the pills but was stopped by law enforcement in Oklahoma. Approximately 2,100 counterfeit prescription fentanyl pills were seized from Elmi. On September 15, 2020, Elmi, along with two other individuals, got into a single vehicle car crash. When Minneapolis police officers arrived, they found Elmi in possession of 170 counterfeit prescription fentanyl pills. Elmi admitted to purchasing the pills for $15 per pill and selling them for $30-$35 per pill.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Minneapolis Police Department, and the State of Oklahoma District One Narcotics Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys David P. Steinkamp and Justin A. Wesley are prosecuting the case.

St. Paul Field Division