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Utah man, 29, walked in with 50 state-of-opioid-ring out of the basement, but for now, life in prison, authorities say

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A man in Utah, was convicted Friday of running a multimillion-dollar opioid the ring as the basement, which pumped more than half a million fake pills laced with fentanyl throughout the country, in all 50 states, according to a new report.

A federal jury has found Aaron Michael Shamo, 29, of Cottonwood Heights, guilty on 12 federal charges, as the leader of a group of friends who made and sold illegal drugs on the dark web, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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He was found guilty of running a “continuing criminal enterprise,” which carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the newspaper. The jury was hung on a charge in connection with the overdose death of a man in California.

Aaron, Michael, Shamo, 29, was convicted of running a multi-million dollar opioid the ring on the dark web.
(Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

“Shamo’s conviction today is an important victory in the ongoing war on illicit opioids in our state and the nation,” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a statement. “Utahns owe a debt of gratitude to all those who are involved with the making of this predator.”

The plaintiffs argued Shamo was a ruthless drug dealer, which heavily gambled, partied on boats, and be paid for the service at the table for all of the concerts, while the clients were getting sick from the knock-off prescription pills he was selling it to them.

In order to avoid a possible life sentence, the defence said Shamo was not smart enough to be the leader of the operation, pointing out that he bought a tablet press machine, packaging material, and other supplies in his own name, without having to try to cover it up. She also noted that several of the other members of the group have accepted plea deals and are not in time behind bars.

“He’s going to die in prison,” Shamo’s attorney, Greg Skordas, told the newspaper. “That was part of the government’s purpose. They have achieved this.”

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“He’s just a kid,” Skordas continued, “and to think that he or she will never have a meal with your family, don’t go on a date, never stare into his / her child to be born. ‘ve ever been. He is a 29-year-old. And his life is over.”

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