A 39-year-old man, Daniel Sanchez, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing the fentanyl-related death of an Arlington woman, as announced by Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Phil Sorrells in a social media post on Friday.
The incident occurred on June 28 when the victim succumbed to the effects of fentanyl sold to her by Sanchez, according to the district attorney's office. Sanchez pleaded guilty to the charge of delivery of a controlled substance causing death.
This case was handled by the newly established narcotics unit within the district attorney's office, a development announced by Sorrells on November 20. The creation of this unit comes in response to recent state legislation that allows individuals who sell fentanyl to someone resulting in death to be prosecuted for murder.
The district attorney emphasized the severity of the opioid crisis, citing Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office data in the November 20 announcement, which reported approximately 300 drug overdose deaths this year. These statistics encompass fatalities related to fentanyl and other substances, and some incidents may have occurred beyond Tarrant County.
Sorrells warned potential offenders in the November 20 statement, stating, "If you deal fentanyl in Tarrant County, we are coming after you. Fentanyl is addictive and deadly."