Orlando man pleads guilty to selling heroin mixed with fentanyl

Hugo Margenat-Castro advertised 'Heroin in Orlando' on social media

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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Hugo Margenat-Castro

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man who advertised drugs he was selling on a social media site pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distributing fentanyl, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Officials said the investigation into 25-year-old Hugo Margenat-Castro began when a man fatally overdosed on Aug. 18, 2015, after buying drugs from Margenat-Castro.

The man had driven from Georgia to Orlando to buy the product Margenat-Castro had been advertising on the "Experience Project" under headings like "I love heroin" and "Heroin in Orlando." His phone number was included in the postings. Margenat-Castro often bragged about the potency of the drugs he sold, according to a news release. 

Medical examiners found that the overdose victim died of fentanyl toxicity hours after buying heroin from Margenat-Castro, the report said.

Margenat-Castro admitted that the heroin he sold was mixed with fentanyl, a powerful pain killer, and he often told customers to only use half a bag at a time because it was so strong, according to a news release.

Officials said Margenat-Castro sold more than 100 grams of heroin between January 2015 and Oct.7, 2015.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but Margenat-Castro faces a minimum of 20 years, up to life, in federal prison.

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