Man who had fentanyl marked like less-potent drug sentenced

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after authorities searching his car and apartment seized more than 900 fentanyl pills made to look like tablets of a less-potent opiate. reports 30-year-old Ryan Gaston of Euclid apologized in federal court on Monday. He says he made a mistake and that he believes the sentence was too harsh.

Gaston earlier pleaded guilty, in a deal with prosecutors, to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. Both sides agreed to the sentence.

Court documents say the pills initially believed to be Oxycodone were actually the far more powerful and deadlier fentanyl.

The documents describe fentanyl as 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.