FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Andres Nunez, 23, of Fresno, charging him with distribution of fentanyl to a person under 21 years old and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on Feb. 9, 2021, Nunez delivered a substance containing fentanyl to a person under 21 years of age. In June 2021, agents executed a search warrant at Nunez’s residence. In his bedroom, they found approximately 13 firearms, including a “ghost gun,” a Glock-style handgun with no serial number. Attached to the gun was an “auto-sear,” a device that attaches to a firearm enabling it function as a machine gun. Agents also found two additional “auto-sears,” a digital scale, packaging materials, a vacuum sealer, and four clear plastic bags, each containing approximately 1 pound of processed marijuana.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Fentanyl Overdose Resolution Team, a multi‑agency team composed of Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Nunez faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $2 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.) a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas as well as identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers. In July 2018, the Justice Department announced the creation of S.O.S., which is being implemented in the Eastern District of California and nine other federal districts.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.