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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Charles J. Kovats (Acting)
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tasha Zerna

Minneapolis Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Possession, Distribution of Fentanyl Pills

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man was sentenced to 60 months followed by four years of supervised release for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats.

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, 20. 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.

Elmi was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ann D. Montgomery.

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 prosecuted the case.


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