Tarrant County’s Crackdown: Man Receives 15-Year Sentence for Fatal Dose
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Phil Sorrells made the announcement on social media on Friday that, a thirty-nine-year-old man was given a sentence of fifteen years in prison after he entered a guilty plea in connection with the death of an Arlington woman who had overdosed on fentanyl.
According to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Daniel Sanchez admitted to dealing with the lethal dose of fentanyl that was responsible for the death of the woman who remained nameless on June 28.
Sorrells, who is at the forefront of Tarrant County’s campaign against drug abuse, was in charge of supervising the prosecution carried out by the newly established Narcotics Unit of the District Attorney’s Office, which was a relatively new addition to it.
This case was handled by the DA’s new Narcotics Unit. pic.twitter.com/qFeDsPRmTa
— Tarrant County CDA (@TarrantCountyDA) December 8, 2023
There have been approximately 300 persons who have died as a result of drug overdoses in this region alone, and the project has been extensively promoted in this geographic area.
This particular unit was Sorrells’s idea, and it was brought to the public’s attention on November 20 of the previous month when he made the announcement.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, this comes on the heels of a change to the state legislation that allows for the prosecution of those, such as Sanchez, who sell fentanyl that results in a deadly overdose, as murderers.
In the unsettling grip of addiction and death that fentanyl has, the instance serves as a clear warning signal to drug dealers who are trying to sell the narcotic.
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According to the statistics provided by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, there has been a concerning increase in the number of deaths on account of drugs. This includes deadly interactions with fentanyl and other narcotics.
There is a possibility that some of these statistics originate from locations outside of Tarrant County.
It is possible that Sanchez’s demise is just the beginning of an intensified crackdown considering that three prosecutors from Tarrant County have been firmly positioned at the helm of the Narcotics Unit of the District Attorney’s Office.
An opiate that is many times more powerful than heroin, fentanyl, continues to be the driving force behind a problem that is of catastrophic proportions nationwide in the United States.