Traffickers with ties to Jacksonville sentenced on fentanyl, heroin charges

Sandoval brothers are from California

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two California men were sentenced Friday to more than six years in federal prison for charges involving the distribution of heroin, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Luis Sandoval, 34, of Los Angeles, and Miguel Sandoval, 35, of Inglewood, pleaded guilty in August and September, investigators said.

They will spend six years and three months in prison for the conviction of conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin.

In January 2016, a task force made up of detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI started looking into a Jacksonville-based heroin supplier, according to court documents.

The supplier flew to Los Angeles and returned to Jacksonville on a Greyhound bus, officials said. That person had a kilogram of heroin in his or her luggage, which was seized when investigators caught up with the supplier and made the arrest.

Next, law enforcement contacted the Sandoval brothers and arranged to buy heroin and fentanyl in Los Angeles.

On April 20, special agents and detectives, along with police in Los Angeles, arrested the Sandoval brothers near Miguel Sandoval’s Inglewood home.

When authorities served a search warrant, investigators found more than a kilogram of fentanyl and a kilogram of heroin.

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