FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man who told investigators he was the largest powdered fentanyl dealer in the United States has been sentenced to life in prison.
Brandon Hubbard, of Portland, Oregon, was tried in federal court in North Dakota because prosecutors said the drugs he sold over the internet resulted in two overdose deaths in the Grand Forks area. Hubbard was ordered to pay more than $17,000 to families of the victims.
In a rare move, a judge said another hearing would be held later to discuss whether to reduce the length of the prison sentence. That’s because Wednesday’s sentencing hearing was moved up to allow Hubbard to have surgery for a shoulder injury.
The investigation into the case led authorities to identify overdose victims in North Dakota, North Carolina and Oregon.