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Syracuse man sentenced to seven years in federal prison for fentanyl, prosecutors say

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Syracuse, N.Y. — A Syracuse man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison today for dealing fentanyl, federal prosecutors said.

Carlos Esteras, 41, of Syracuse, had at least 124 grams of fentanyl that he distributed or planned to distribute, according to a news release Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Norther District of New York.

After an investigation, which included wiretaps and surveillance, Carlos Esteras and three others were accused of running a fentanyl trafficking organization in Syracuse in June and July of 2021, federal prosecutors said.

Raphael Frias, 28, Adrian Esteras, 37, and Shane Williams, 30, all of Syracuse, were also charged for the trafficking with Carlos Esteras, prosecutors said.

On July 6 2021, agents executed a federal search warrant for 309 Merriman Ave. They discovered 894 envelops of fentanyl, approximately 34 grams, DEA Task Force officer Kelly Baart said in a criminal complaint filed in court.

On the same day, agents also searched 565 Sunflower Drive where they discovered approximately 87.2 grams of fentanyl, Baart said. Carlos Esteras was in the residence at the time of the raid, and officials believed this location was the base of his alleged packaging operation.

Law enforcement officials discovered more than 15,000 individually packaged envelopes of suspected fentanyl as well as cocaine and a 9mm handgun.

During the investigation, officers intercepted phone calls among the men that included discussions of buying, selling and packaging fentanyl for distribution, according to the criminal complaint.

In one conversation Frias told a woman that he had given his redistributors $10,000 worth of fentanyl, Baart said.

In several of the conversations, Carlos Esteras talks about packaging the fentanyl into “bricks”, a collection of 50 individual envelopes containing fentanyl, Baart said. Carlos Esteras complained it was making him sick when Williams complained that he did not have enough brick ready for him, Baart said.

Carlos Esteras will be under supervised release for four years following his prison sentence, prosecutors said. He will also pay a fine of $5,760, which is estimated to be the profit he made from drug sales, prosecutors said.

Staff writer Rylee Kirk covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, story idea, photo, question or comment? Reach her at 315-396-5961, on Twitter @kirk_rylee, or rkirk@syracuse.com.

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