The Man Who Talked Too Much Gets Charged with a Federal Crime of Distributing Fentanyl Causing Death

A federal grand jury charged Edwin Oliva, 28, with distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.  Oliva talked to the police and told them an acquaintance came to his house after midnight on February 28. Oliva said he gave the acquaintance fentanyl, a drug that killed her. Oliva should have claimed his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and called a lawyer instead of talking to law enforcement and getting charged with distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, a crime that could get him a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Lesson learned: Contact a lawyer before talking to the police.

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