Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

September 07, 2017

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7900

El Dorado County Man Indicted For Distributing A Designer Drug That Caused The Death Of A Minor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - On August 31, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Elijah Lee Richter, 26, of Camino, charging him with distribution of a controlled substance known as 25i-nBOME that caused death, and possession of a controlled substance, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to the indictment, on September 8, 2012, Richter knowingly and intentionally distributed 25i-nBOME, a controlled substance analogue, which caused the death of a juvenile named A.A.

This case is the product of an investigation by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jason Hitt and Paul Hemesath are prosecuting the case.

If convicted on the distribution charge, Richter faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison, and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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