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Wyoming Men Sentenced in Fentanyl Trafficking Ring

Desiree Haros
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Casper, Wyoming - In a recent development, Jonathan Castillo, aged 29, and Tucker Donald Wirfel, aged 36, both residents of Wyoming, have been handed down substantial prison sentences for their involvement in a drug trafficking ring responsible for flooding the Cody area with large quantities of the potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl presided over the case and imposed sentences that reflect the severity of their crimes.

Jonathan Castillo, who pleaded guilty to the distribution of fentanyl, faced sentencing on October 18. The court handed down a 90-month imprisonment term, coupled with four years of supervised release. Castillo's role in the operation came to light as investigators uncovered his pivotal position as the intermediary between fentanyl distributors in Arizona and buyers in Wyoming.

Tucker Donald Wirfel, on the other hand, admitted guilt to possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl. His sentencing took place on November 27, resulting in a 92-month prison term and three years of supervised release. Additionally, Judge Skavdahl ordered Wirfel to pay $500 in community restitution. The court's decision underscores the gravity of Wirfel's involvement in the drug trafficking network.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) played a crucial role in uncovering the drug trafficking ring. Acting on information suggesting Wirfel's engagement in the distribution of illegal controlled substances in the Cody area, DCI initiated an investigation. Text message communication between Wirfel and unidentified individuals, consistent with fentanyl distribution, prompted a search of Wirfel's residence.

During the search, agents discovered 124 fentanyl pills, providing concrete evidence of Wirfel's illegal activities. Subsequent investigation revealed that Castillo facilitated the shipment of fentanyl from Arizona to Wirfel through the mail. Intercepting one of these shipments, investigators found a stuffed animal concealing 1,000 fentanyl pills—a stark illustration of the scale of the operation.

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