Drug dealer pleads guilty in fentanyl overdose death
SAN DIEGO – Uriah Odish pleaded guilty in federal court today, admitting that he supplied fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of 25-year-old Tiffany Hansen, of La Mesa, on Jan. 23, 2018.
According to his plea agreement, Odish sold more than 500 grams of what he knew to be fentanyl between 2017 and the day of the fatal overdose. He pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Crawford to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 17, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz.
“We work every day to save lives and we grieve when we lose a precious soul to drugs,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Karen Flowers. “We will continue to pursue anyone who deals death. Is that you? If so, we are coming and your time will soon be spent behind bars. We are relentless.”
“Every time we have an overdose death, we are going to come looking for the dealer,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “We are using every available criminal and civil tool to combat this deadly epidemic and stop these tragic losses.”
The DEA is working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office and our other federal, state and local law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute cases targeting those who supply drugs in fatal overdose cases.
For those who suffer from addiction, please know there is help. Call the crisis line at 888-724-7240; it’s always open.
United States Attorney’s Office, La Mesa Police Department
# # #