Euclid man indicted for more than 900 fentanyl pills

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Ryan Gaston (Photo courtesy: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department)

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio– A Euclid man is facing federal charges after he was caught with more than 900 pills of fentanyl.

Ryan Gaston, 29, was indicted on possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm while drug trafficking.

“Each one of these pills is capable of killing a person,” said acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon, in a news release on Tuesday. “We will continue to attack the opioid problem from all sides – prevention, education, treatment and enforcement.”

Authorities arrested Gaston in Cleveland Heights on Feb. 3. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, he had about 925 blue pills, which they believed were oxycodone, inside his car. They also discovered crack rocks and a 9 mm Hi-Point rifle.

Tests showed the pills were actually fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that’s 80 times more powerful than morphine.

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