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Ladson man pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution that resulted in death

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Robert Bryan Mansfield, 61, of Ladson entered a guilty plea in federal court to distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.

According to Beth Drake, U.S. Attorney for the district of South Carolina, evidence presented at the change of plea hearing showed that over a kilogram of fentanyl had been seized. ICE-Homeland Security Investigations also revealed that the fentanyl had been shipped from Hong Kong and was supposed to arrive to Mansfield’s Ladson home, Drake said.

Special Agents with ICE-Homeland Security Investigations were able to obtain and execute a search warrant at Mansfield’s residence recovering over 100 grams of fentanyl, numerous other controlled substances, and items associated with distributing and trafficking of narcotics.

Drake also said that postal inspectors with the United States Postal Inspection Service recovered 10 packages of fentanyl that Mansfield tried to mail to different locations in the U.S.

During the investigation, officials were able to source fentanyl as the source for one person’s overdose death in December 2016, Drake said.

It was found that Mansfield used the “dark web” to purchase fentanyl from sources in Hong Kong and other international locations and used the USPS to ship packages to customers throughout the country, Drake said.

Drake said that Mansfield faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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