A Rochester man will spend more than a decade in prison after admitting in federal court he sold fentanyl to an 18-year-old Ontario County girl who fatally overdosed four years ago.
Prosecutors say 31-year-old Julio Rodriguez was one of several individuals who ran a drug house in the city of Rochester, selling fentanyl between 2019 and 2020.
On February 25, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at the Weaver Street residence.
During that search, they recovered approximately 11 grams of fentanyl, materials used to process and package controlled substances for street-level distribution, two digital scales, a strainer, five bags of new and unused small Ziploc bags, a bag of small black rubber bands, medical masks and latex gloves, and $10,445 in cash.
Rodriguez was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 40 grams or more of fentanyl,
Rodriguez admitted selling a quantity of fentanyl that caused an 18-year-old female to suffer a fatal overdose in 2018.
Prosecutors say the victim and her friends obtained fentanyl from Rodriguez at the Weaver Street drug house. The victim returned to her home in Ontario County, used the fentanyl, and died in her bedroom from a fentanyl overdose.
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