Uintah County Man Served 84 months in Federal Prison for Distributing Narcotic Drugs That Induced A Fatal Overdose And The Illegal Possession Of A Firearm | USAO-UT
SALT LAKE CITY – Larry Gardner, 35, of Fort Duchesne, was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison, in addition to the 19 months Gardner served after being charged with distributing heroin and methamphetamine, which resulted in a fatal overdose , convicted of a Uintah County woman in possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime.
In the plea agreement, Gardner admitted that his girlfriend overdosed on February 3, 2019 in Uintah County and died after taking a deadly combination of heroin and methamphetamine that Gardner had given her days earlier at her request . Gardner also admitted that he owned a .22 caliber revolver and ammunition that same day, knowing he had previously been convicted of a crime that was a crime.
“The US attorney’s office is focused on prosecuting federal criminal charges against those who distribute illicit narcotics that lead to fatal overdoses,” said acting US attorney Andrea T. Martinez. “We hope that today’s ruling will remind the community and drug traffickers that the distribution of dangerous and illegal drugs is not a victimless crime.”
“This case underlines the tragic consequences of the meth and opioid epidemic, which is far-reaching in our country and here in Utah,” said the responsible special agent Dennis Rice of the FBI in Salt Lake City. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are determined to do our part to contain this crisis. If someone dies from your actions and you illegally possess firearms, you will be held accountable. ”
Assistant Attorney General for the Utah Attorney General’s office continued the case against Gardner. Special agents from the FBI and deputies from the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office were conducting the investigation.