Minnesota Man Convicted Of Selling Deadly Drugs
St Paul (KROC AM News) - A Minnesota man has been convicted of selling illegal drugs that killed eleven people and seriously injured four others.
A federal jury in St Paul Thursday convicted 31-year-old Aaron Broussard of 17 counts.
The Hopkins man will be sentenced at a later date.
The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger’s Minnesota office. Luger called Broussard a black-market drug dealer who "was concerned only with his profits.” He said that even after Broussard found out his customers were overdosing, “he callously continued to ship out deadly drugs. “
Prosecutors say Broussard obtained controlled substances, including fentanyl, from China-based drug suppliers and marketed them on his website as plant food between 2014 and the end of 2016.
Luger's office released this summary of the case
According to the evidence presented at trial, on March 12, 2016, Broussard placed a drug order for 100 grams of 4-FA, a controlled substance analogue, which was shipped from China. The package actually contained 100 grams of 99% pure fentanyl. Although Broussard had experienced a similar mix-up in August 2015 and was repeatedly told to test his drugs, he just didn’t bother. Between March 31 and April 27, 2016, Broussard sent his branded packages containing fentanyl to more than a dozen customers throughout the United States. The customers had ordered and were expecting to receive an amphetamine analogue, similar to Adderall. They were not opiate users and had no tolerance for the deadly fentanyl Broussard sent them. After ingesting the fentanyl, believing it was Adderall, eleven of the customers died from a fentanyl overdose, and at least four customers suffered serious bodily injury. Broussard continued distributing his deadly packages despite hearing about adverse reactions. Even after he learned that several customers had been hospitalized and nearly died, Broussard never warned his customers not to take the deadly drugs. Broussard did reach out to his suppliers in China to request a discount on his next drug delivery.