Three sentenced in Lexington for trafficking fentanyl

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three men are heading to prison for distributing fentanyl.

On Friday, 30-year-old Miguel Esparza, of Lexington, 39-year-old Gadiel Ortiz-Flores, of Lawrenceburg, and 38-year-old Brian Walker Hensley, of Lawrenceburg, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

Undercover agents purchased more than 300 grams of fentanyl from the defendants in 2017, according to prosecutors.

During their arrests, investigators say Ortiz-Flores and Hensley had one kilogram of fentanyl on them that was intended for distribution and, at Esparza’s home in Fayette County, officers seized nearly two kilograms of fentanyl that was intended for distribution.

Dozens of latex gloves, masks, an air filtration system, and nearly one kilogram of non-controlled substances used to dilute the potent fentanyl were also found in Esparza’s home, according to investigators.

The total amount of fentanyl seized during the investigation was in excess of three kilograms.

Esparza was sentenced to 157 months in prison.

Ortiz-Flores received 136 months in prison and Hensley was sentenced to 78 months in prison.

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