Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Toledo Man Sentenced to 25 Years After Law Enforcement Officials Seized 8 Kilos of Heroin and Fentanyl from Residences

 Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that on September 28, 2021, U.S. Judge Jack Zouhary sentenced Robert Escobar, 51, of Toledo, Ohio, to 25 years imprisonment after Escobar pleaded guilty in February of 2021 to three counts of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

According to court records, on separate occasions between March and October of 2019, DEA investigators used a confidential informant to make numerous controlled drug buys from Escobar of substances later determined to contain cocaine and a fentanyl-heroin mixture. 

During one of these controlled buys, Escobar remarked to the informant on the potency of the narcotics that he sells, saying, “I’m tellin’ you it’s going to kill ‘em.”  On another occasion, Escobar described to the informant two different types of narcotics that he sells, naming them “Maserati” and “XXX,” both of which were marked on packages later seized.

On October 8, 2019, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at four different residences associated with Escobar and seized almost two kilograms of mixtures containing heroin, approximately three kilograms of mixtures containing fentanyl and over three kilograms of mixtures containing valeryl fentanyl.  In addition, agents seized narcotics packaging materials and narcotics proceeds from all four locations.

Court records state that during the execution of a search warrant of an address on N. Michigan Avenue, in addition to the narcotics seized, investigators also confiscated 21 empty kilogram packages, blenders, scales, a vacuum sealer, cutting agents and a respirator type mask.  Escobar was arrested following the execution of the search warrants. 

The charges in the indictment Escobar pleaded guilty to each carried a penalty enhancement due to Escobar’s previous felony drug conviction in 2001 of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

This investigation was conducted by the DEA Toledo Task Force and the Toledo Police Department Vice Unit. The Task Force includes representatives of the DEA, Perrysburg Township Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Wauseon Police Department, Sylvania Police Department, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Sandusky Police Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Toledo Police Department SWAT team also assisted.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alissa M. Sterling, James L. Morford and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley A. Futrell.

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