A New Jersey man was recently sentenced to prison for possession with intent to distribute enough fentanyl to kill 5 million people. How long is his prison sentence?
Yahmire Boardley of Camden, New Jersey, was recently sentenced by Judge John T. Kelley to 7 years in prison as part of a plea deal for second-degree possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute. He had 31 pounds of fentanyl, which is enough to kill 5 million people. In NJ during 2015, fentanyl caused 417 overdose deaths. In 2016, the figure was more than 800. Fentanyl is 30-50 times more potent than heroin and 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Because fentanyl is so powerful, it poses a lethal threat to first responders and police officers who inadvertently touch or breathe in the drug.